With J.J. Hickson a virtual lock to sign somewhere besides Portland, the Trail Blazers are in the market for a big man this month. With free agency underway, the team has reached out to unrestricted free agent Zaza Pachulia, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. According to Haynes, there's mutual interest between the Blazers and Pachulia, and talks between the two sides will continue.
We heard earlier tonight that the Blazers are also expected to meet face-to-face with Chris Kaman now that the free agent period has begun. Nikola Pekovic is on Portland's radar as well, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News (via Twitter). However, with the Blazers set to absorb Thomas Robinson's $3.5MM salary into their cap space, it's unlikely the club will still have the room to make a competitive offer for Pekovic.