Blazers Claim J.J. Hickson Off Waivers

March 21 2012 at 5:44pm CST By Sean Highkin

5:44pm: The Oregonian's Joe Freeman claims (via Twitter) that the Blazers will waive Mehmet Okur to clear a roster spot for Hickson. The forward is in the final year of his contract and is making $2.3MM this season, meaning he fits into the trade exception the Blazers acquired from Houston in the Marcus Camby trade last week. Hickson will be a restricted free agent this summer.

5:15pm: SI.com's Sam Amick tweets that the Trail Blazers have been awarded free agent forward J.J. Hickson through the waiver process.

Hickson, who was bought out by the Kings on Monday, was previously expected to sign with the Warriors provided he cleared waivers.

The Blazers have a full 15-man roster, meaning they will have to cut a player to make room for Hickson.

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