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Hickson, Trail Blazers Likely To Part Ways

According to a report from The Oregonian's Jason Quick, the Trail Blazers and center J.J. Hickson, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, will part ways at the end of the season.

With roughly $11.8MM in cap space this summer, Portland is preparing to spend it on a defensive-minded starting center. Hickson isn't that player, according to the team's general manager Neil Olshey

“For us to make a jump next season, J.J. can’t be our starting center,’’ he said. “I’m not saying he can’t be part of the roster. But we need to find a starting-caliber center who protects the rim and gets defensive rebounds at a high rate and that has a presence. And we have to do a better job at defending the paint. So you have to ask: Is it likely there is enough minutes to commit the kind of dollars J.J. will command, when clearly there are other positions that need to be upgraded? Probably not.’’

Conversely, Hickson would like to be a starter somewhere, and at just 24 years old he'll also be looking for a pay grade increase from the $4MM he's making this season. 

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8 thoughts on “Hickson, Trail Blazers Likely To Part Ways

  1. Should be interesting to see who portland targets

    • ROR1997

      They can do a sign and trade. They have good picks

      • who were you thinking as a sign and trade target?

    • Sky14

      I was thinking Nikola Pekovic but he is more of an offensive center than defensive.

      • i dont think he leaves minny. he is a rfa right?

        • Sky14

          I agree but I think Portland has to at least make an attempt. Yes he is restricted but Kahn is running the show in Minny so anything is possible.

          • very true with kahn anything can happen. personally id like him to trade klove to the bulls but i dont think he will bite on it lol

  2. guccci7383

    i could see hickson in dallas if they dont get byumn.. i doubt howard leaves LA and 30 plus million on the table. hickson could upgrade dallas front court next to dirk

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