JJ Hickson Signs 1 Year Deal with Portland
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 07/11/2012 8:47 PM

    Smart Move for Portland.  It gives us agressiveness in the Paint.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to resign unrestricted free agent forward J.J. Hickson to a 1-year contract.


    J.J. Hickson has agreed to a one-year contract with Portland, league source tells Y!


    Sam Amick of SI.com confirms the report on Twitter and adds the salary figure.


    Agent Andy Miller confirms that free-agent forward JJ Hickson has agreed to a one-year deal in Portland.

    Source says JJ Hickson's one-year deal with Portland is worth approximately $4 million.


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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 07/11/2012 10:13 PM

    Outstanding compliment to LaMarcus off the bench. This tandem is more efficient than people give it credit for. Two entirely different styles at the pf spot. The L-Train finesses them with agility and grace. Then we hit you with the " Hick ". Just comes and and gets it done. I like this cat Olshey. Reach out to Brian Shaw,Gary Payton, and Patrick Ewing and we can make something of this riff raff.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:20 PM

    SWEET dreams do come true!
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:38 PM

    He's gonna do great. I'm really glad he plays for the Blazers.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:42 PM

    4 million is a bargain
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. LMA Format
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:55 PM

    This is absolutely the ideal situation (1yr, 4mil). The prospect of losing Hickson for nothing after he had such a great finish to the season bothered me a bit. Although, at the same time I worried that he was a prime candidate to be one of the unfortunate, but all too common cases of a player who is given long term security, only to mail it in afterwards. This keeps both Hickson and the Blazers management on their toes. Extremely happy with this. Also, as cmeese47 pointed out, this is a total bargain. I figured $6mil was the potential floor of this deal. Second bargain of the day. The deal Claver signed was a pleasant surprise, as well.
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:57 PM

    I'd pleaded in another thread to match or pay whatever it takes to keep him because he really was the one shining spot for Portland amidst all the injuries and problems down the stretch last year.  He put up career numbers in the 19 minutes in which he saw extended playing time.  

    My biggest worry with Hickson is how much playing time he's going to get with LA, Meyers, potentially another center.  Because I really believe if Hickson were to get starter minutes, he would emerge as a 20/10 guy, I really believe that.  And in a few years, if he continues to be held back, he's going to find his place with someone... it would be a shame if Portland doesn't utilize him this coming year because they'll lose him and then Portland fans are going to shit bricks in 3 years when they see how good he is.

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 07/11/2012 11:37 PM

    LaMarcus, for the last 2 seasons, has slid to the 5 often. I get the feeling JJ and LA will be on the court together for 10-12 minutes a game, plus JJ will give LaMarcus about an 8-10 minute rest. Then he's getting 18-22 minutes in a 6th-man kind of role.

    The other 36-38 minutes at the 5 position will probably be shared by Meyers Leonard and a veteran (Prz or other). Depending on the veteran center that comes in, I could have confidence in that rotation for the front court.

    A lot of people seem to think of JJ as a 3/4 kind of forward. I really think he's more of a pure PF, and if he does take on a secondary position, it would probably be center before SF. He's the kind of guy whose damage is done in the post; he can't be shoved out to the wings because it will interfere with his rebounding and tenacity.

    As long as the Batum situation doesn't leave us without a starting-caliber SF, I think each position can have a pretty decent rotation and allow for some versatile/situational combinations.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 07/11/2012 11:40 PM

    ^^^^ Each position can have a decent rotation IF we also bring in a veteran PG to back up and mentor Lillard.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 07/11/2012 11:43 PM

    And I forgot to include Freeland and Claver in that rotation. Oh well. The point is LA doesn't have to play 42 minutes, and JJ will get playing time both with and without LaMarcus on the floor.
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  1. DoubleDz
    Posts: 39

    Posted 07/12/2012 12:37 AM

    With the Blazers not getting Hibbert, it was a must to get someone is fearless and can bang inside. Nice player, one of the few on the team who has proven he could compete with the NBA. 
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 07/12/2012 7:10 AM

    nice move and a good deal
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  1. pball8478
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    Posted 07/12/2012 10:39 AM

    The best move so far as I see it!!. JJ HIckson and Aldrigde will and should play on the court together and with this many high potential players, that can all rotate positions, between all the C/PF, PF/SF, and SG/SF, we have more flexibility. I  think if we resign pryzbilla  and get a veteran PG too, And we would surprise a lot of people, and do way better then people expect. Plus with the athleticism, heart character and focus Meyers Leonard has, I think we will see a starting caliber center out of him sooner then people think. I already can't wait for next season. Even though we have to wait for the Batum saga, and for a coach and prez.
    I am a fan of Blazers making the playoffs in 2012, and developing young talent.
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/12/2012 10:55 AM

    This move is as good if not better than the suns getting Beasley for so cheap
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. mario250775
    Posts: 197

    Posted 07/12/2012 2:01 PM

    well done, good move right on time !
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. Harrison 1976
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    Posted 07/13/2012 10:27 PM

    I am all in on that year signing, i was kinda surprised they waited to offer anythng as long as they did, I thought Hickson impressed alot of us Blazers fans at the end of last season, He is a great fit in Portland and he has heart and Hustle! Money well spent... Kudos Portland!!
    I am a fan of MVP Damian Lillard...
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 07/15/2012 10:48 AM

    I have always been a Hickson fan, going back to his CLE days, so not surprising that I was happy to hear of his signing.  I do however want to caution that there is a noteworthy distinction between loving a player, and loving said player's performance during a given season.

    Here's something I personally need help with.  Based on Hickys on court performance both in CLE and here in P"town last season, I find it very peculiar that the man can't seem to get a long term deal.  CLE, SAC, and now POR.  What is it about JJ Hickson that we as fans are missing?  His game is beastly and rare in todays NBA and there is a shortage of bigs not afraid to bang.  Look at some of the contracts being dealt recently to far less impactful players.  Curious.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 07/15/2012 11:29 AM

    This should have been first priority this is a guy WE KNOW can take over LA's spot. I am rather suprised at the deal but maybe they talked to him and decided they we would try to leave both parties options open? If he gets any better he is going to have people banging at the door to get his signature before the year is out.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 07/15/2012 1:01 PM

    This gives us an opportunity to gage his performance for a whole season. If he stays consistent, then he's entitled at a long term contract. he's the right age. 23 i think, so it fits Olsheys plans to keep our roster around the same age.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
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