HoopsHype JJ Hickson rumors

January 3, 2013 Updates

Hickson is an early candidate for Comeback Player of the Year after getting released by the Sacramento Kings last March. Since then he’s gone from an athletic, but undisciplined former prospect to a remarkably efficient offensive weapon. And since he’s still just 24, he’ll undoubtedly have offers over the summer. “I don’t know,” he told HOOPSWORLD about his future with the Blazers. “All I can do is control what I can control and that’s play the game of basketball and the rest will work itself out.” HoopsWorld

December 27, 2012 Updates

Hickson, on the other hand, could be expendable, in part because he is playing out of this world, far better than his $4 million salary. After finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday, Hickson has nine consecutive double-doubles, and is averaging 12.8 points and 11.1 rebounds, statistics that could be pricing himself right out of Portland. Not only will teams be interested in his high-energy game, the Blazers might be interested in getting something in return before he hits the free agent market. Oregonian

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But in talking to Hickson about his nightly effort, it struck a funny chord with the 6-foot-9 center. There was part of him that was offended. “Let me ask you a question,’’ Hickson said in the middle of my interview. “So just because I go out and get whatever how many rebounds, that makes me a hustle guy?’’ “No, I’m not saying you are a hustle guy,’’ I said. “I’m saying you play hard every night.’’ “OK, then why do people misconstrue playing your butt off for being a hustle guy?’’ Hickson asked. “I have no problem with it, I’m just asking you. What’s that line?’’ “I wouldn’t say you are a hustle guy, I would say you are an energy guy,’’ I countered. He thought for a second. “Ok, I will take that. That’s the only way I know how to play - all gas, no brakes. That’s the way I was taught to play the game,’’ Hickson said. Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates
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Another thing that will help Aldridge this season is having J.J. Hickson next to him in the front court, ready to do some of the dirty work Aldridge isn’t as inclined to do. “He’s just active,” says Aldridge. “I think he compliments me well because he dives hard, he’s active on the boards, back to the rim. I need someone next to me that is high energy because I’m kind of mellow, so I need someone with that high energy. He’s been that so far and it’s been big for us.” There are some around the NBA who look at the Blazers and see a playoff team, and while they do look like a team that isn’t far off, Aldridge isn’t ready to make any such claim. “It’s too early, we’re just going to try and keep building, keep getting better every game,” says Aldridge. “If we keep growing, anything is possible. … I’m a realist. I’ve done this one or two times. When you have a really young team, you can be high and you can be low, so we’re just going to try and be in the middle.” HoopsWorld

September 26, 2012 Updates

And although this Blazers season will be littered with a heavy dose of new -- from coach to general manager to an overhauled roster that features five rookies -- Stotts says he will open training camp with Hickson at center, in part, because of his history with the team. "J.J. is the incumbent," Stotts said. "I'm not saying he's going to be the starting center opening night. We'll have to see how training camp goes, see how the preseason goes, and then we'll make that determination. Meyers (Leonard) has played very well (this summer). But it's just like politics: J.J. has been here, he's the returner, so going into it he has the advantage." Oregonian

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Four years after acquiring an extra first-round pick in hopes of acquiring him, the Charlotte Bobcats are taking a second look at former N.C. State big man J.J. Hickson. Hickson’s agent, Andy Miller, confirmed in a brief email to the Observer that the Bobcats have expressed interest in his client. Hickson became an unrestricted free agent last week when the Portland Trail Blazers chose not to tender a $4.4 million qualifying offer. Charlotte Observer

"Hard to envision" JJ Hickson signing with anyone but Warriors, according to source with knowledge of situation. Warriors thought they had landed Hickson after he was waived by Kings during season, will make serious push for him now in free agency. Sulia

June 30, 2012 Updates

Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey on Friday said the team will not make a qualifying offer to J.J. Hickson, allowing the fourth-year forward to become an unrestricted free agent at 9 p.m. Saturday. Oregonian

Because he plays power forward, the same position as franchise player LaMarcus Aldridge, Hickson likely would be a role player for the Blazers. If they would have qualified him, the Blazers would have taken on a $5.9 million cap hold, significantly decreasing their available cap space for other free agents. Oregonian

June 29, 2012 Updates

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