Former Sacramento King J.J. Hickson will be landing with the Portland Trail Blazers, who were awarded the power forward from waivers, according to a report. Hickson and the Kings came to an agreement to buy out the remainder of his contract on Monday. Reports earlier this week had the Warriors as a likely destination if he cleared waivers, but Sam Amick first tweeted the news that Hickson was, in fact, headed to the Blazers.
Source says Portland has been awarded forward JJ Hickson from waivers. Golden State misses out.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 21, 2012
The Blazers, who drastically turned over their roster at the trade deadline and fired head coach Nate McMillan, will have to pay him the prorated amount of around $2.5 million left on his contract for this season. Hickson showed promise in his first two years in the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but fell out of favor with new head coach Byron Scott and the Cavs then sent him to Sacramento in exchange for Omri Casspi. He never caught on with the Kings, and had fallen completely out of the rotation this season before his buyout this week.
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