Kings Buy Out J.J. Hickson

J.J. Hickson has received a buyout from the Kings, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). Hickson was in the final year of his rookie contract, earning just $2.35MM, so the savings for Sacramento will be minimal.

For contenders in need of size, Hickson could be an intriguing pickup. After averaging 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in Cleveland last year, the 6'9" forward was dealt to the Kings for Omri Casspi and a first-round pick. His time in Sacramento was a disappointment — his averages slipped to 4.7 PPG and 5.1 RPG, and he eventually fell out of the rotation, appearing in just two games in March. But perhaps a change of scenery could put him back on the right track.

The Celtics reportedly discussed Hickson with the Kings before the trade deadline, so they figure to have interest again. The Heat have also been seeking frontcourt help, though they'd probably prefer a true center. As Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com points out (via Twitter), we'll have to see if Hickson clears waivers first. Given his low salary and potential upside, it's possible he'll be claimed.

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5 thoughts on “Kings Buy Out J.J. Hickson

  1. Lemonfreeze97

    This shows why the Cavs were idiots to not trade him for Amar’e

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  2. markc28

    celtics better sign him only way we have a chance is with another big man and he will help alot

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  3. chris_synan1

    hmmm..i think the C’s will sign him he fits all there needs a young center, and with the previous reports with Doc saying they have a couple deals in place, i can see this happening

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