JJ Hicksom - I do not get this!
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 06/30/2012 10:11 AM

    Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that the team will not extend a qualifying offer to forward J.J. Hickson.

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    Blazers GM Neil Olshey says team will not issue qualifying offer to JJ Hickson but will be open to negotiating on July 1

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    The news isn't particularly surprising given that Blazers forward Nicolas Batum received his qualifying offer earlier in the week with no word on Hickson's until Thursday night's Draft, when Olshey still left things open (as documented by BlazerFanSince1970).

    Hickson is now an unrestricted free agent.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. FoulWeatherFan
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    Posted 06/30/2012 10:22 AM

    Dont panic, this makes total sense. We are going to have roughly 10mil to spend in FA, as well as another 5mil exception. If we put out the offer to Hickson it would subtract from our cap space, basically allowing us two 5mil players. However, If we can sign a big time free agent with the 10+mil, then we can go over the cap to sign Batum and use our exception on Hickson.
    I am a fan of close games.
  1. FoulWeatherFan
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    Posted 06/30/2012 6:23 PM

    I was mistaken. While Hickson is now unrestricted we still have Bird rights that allow us to resign him without using the exception. So we can sign a free agent(or two) with the free cap space.Then use the full 5mil exception, I believe if we are over the cap it goes down to 3mil. Then sign Hisckon and Batum over the cap. Open up that wallet Mr.Allen.
    I am a fan of close games.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/30/2012 7:57 PM

    boooooo
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/30/2012 7:59 PM

    He busted his tail off in jis short stay here. You want to win, you sign JJ Hickson a.s.a.p.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 06/30/2012 8:07 PM

    Agreed!
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 06/30/2012 10:24 PM

    We had better sign Hickson to a 3-4 year deal at 5 million per. If for no other reason then to trade him next year.
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  1. Jacob Wilson
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    Posted 07/01/2012 12:35 AM

    I totally agree if they let Hickson go to another team then we are back to zero on the rebuild process...without JJ we will be losing probably the most energetic player on the court and a solid back up for LA...
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