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J.J. Hickson signs to play in Israel during lockout

Oct 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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You are not going to see a flood of NBA stars headed overseas now that the lockout has gotten ugly. Players talk about it, but most teams have full rosters and the NBA players that have gone overseas have struggled to adjust. Teams are not going to pay big money to NBA guys if they think they can get similar production a lot cheaper.

But there will be some exceptions. Enter J.J. Hickson of the Sacramento Kings, who has signed to play for Bnei Hasharon of Israel until the lockout ends, reports SBN. Hickson will replace (and is an upgrade for) the Wizards Trevor Booker, who got injured playing for the team and will be out a few weeks.

The Kings have big plans for Hickson, whose athleticism at the forward spot with the other young talent in Sacramento — Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins — could be interesting to watch develop. You know, if we ever have a season.

  1. southernpatriots - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Both sides waiting too long to start the process of negotiation and renogiation. The minor or auxiliary items could have been settled, agreed to, and signed a long time ago, not during this time at which the games are lost and possibly the season is now lost. The owners are usually more able to handle long term stoppage to the games. Some players are really hurting, and maybe some owners will start hurting soon. If the only matter at the begining of these talks was the big thing–the division of revenue, percentage, etc. it would have been easier for all.

    • craigw24 - Oct 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      It is the owners who have refused to settle the little issues before the BRI agreement. They want as much as they can get and can see the players caving on most of the other stuff if they can get an agreement on the total cap. Also, the smaller stuff will influence the players on what they must demand on the BRI, so the owners don’t want to give them that leverage.

  2. b7p19 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    You missed a golden opportunity to mention Jimmer!

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