Trail Blazers Press Release

Trail Blazers Claim Forward J.J. Hickson Off Waivers

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    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have claimed forward J.J. Hickson off waivers, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    “We like J.J.'s energy and physicality,” said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. “He’s a young, but experienced player who can help our frontline.”

    The Sacramento Kings waived Hickson on March 19.

    In a separate move, the team has waived center Mehmet Okur, acquired in a March 15 trade with New Jersey.

    Hickson, 23, averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 18.4 minutes in 35 games (nine starts) for the Kings this season.

    In four NBA seasons with Cleveland and Sacramento, Hickson (6-9, 242) holds averages of 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 20.5 minutes in 258 games (148 starts).

    The Trail Blazers roster stands at 15 players.

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