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Kings buy out J.J. Hickson

Mar 19, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

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From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

JJ Hickson has completed a buyout with the Kings, league source tells Y!

The 23-year old Hickson was drafted 19th overall by the Cavaliers in 2008 after his freshman year at North Carolina State. Hickson is a tremendous athlete, showed flashes of brilliance with Cleveland, and even started for the Cavaliers before the team traded for Antawn Jamison at the 2010 trade deadline, but never quite put it all together in Cleveland.

This off-season, the Cavaliers traded Hickson for Omri Casspi and a protected 1st-round pick, and Hickson proceeded to have an abysmal season for the Kings. He averaged just 4.7 points on 37% shooting for the Kings this season, and the Kings bought him out after finding no takers for him at the trade deadline.

Hickson is still very young and very athletic, so the chances that a team will take a flyer on him are decent, but Hickson clearly has a ways to go before becoming an effective NBA player.

  1. gpatrick15 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    And to think, a few years ago Danny Ferry deemed Hickson untouchable and wouldn’t give him up for Amare Stoudemire, a move that likely would have resulted in LeBron staying in Cleveland. Huge NBA “What If”

    • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Except it’s not true. It’s been recounted many, many times since then that PHO didn’t want to do that deal.

    • ljl2 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Too bad this is false…

      Brian Windhorst – “There are revisionist historians out there but not trading Hickson did not prevent Cavs from getting Amar’e in ’10. According to both sides”

      Steve Kerr and Danny Ferry both have said this was never the issue but hack bloggers and forum commentors have overrode truth time and time again. People like Kurt kept promoting this theory and I wish Krolik would have addressed it.

  2. jordanaires - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    You said it! If Amare or some other big free agent came to Cleveland then LBJ likely never leaves. And we’d all been spared “The Decision”.

  3. kxlllxst - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Knicks should sign immediately

  4. illegalblues - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Celtics need this guy if they plan on getting out of the first round…with that said, wow how depressing

  5. bushido49ers - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    This only supports my argument that if you want to be a good NBA player then you must remain in a program for four years. This will bolster college programs and make better quality NBA prospects/players.

    And I understand about the Kobe’s, and LeBron’s as those are special players. Jermain ONeal was drafted out of high school. Nuff’ said.

    • ljl2 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      your argument ignores that almost no one has spent 4 years in the NBA. There are plenty of guys (outside of those who were high school to pros) who spent less than 4 years and became good NBA players. In fact, I would guarantee you that most solid to All-star players were less than 4 years.

      • bushido49ers - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        I respectfully disagree. There are plenty of examples of players who finished their four years of college and went on to be productive professionals in the NBA. Grant Hill. Shane Battier. Those two come to mind because of their durability, especially Hill.

      • ljl2 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        bushido – not saying that those players don’t exist. They are just more the exception than the rule. Notice that you had to go to guys who have been in the league for 20 years.

        Exceptions in the modern NBA.

      • manwithpizza - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        2 points

        – Hill is not an example of durability

        – it’s telling that your two guys you mentioned haven’t been to the all-star game in 7 years. In Battier’s case, never

    • manwithpizza - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      Here are all the American players (plus a couple foreign guys who did college here) on the 2012 NBA All-Stars. Listed with their number of years in college. It’s pretty obvious you can be a good NBA player without going to college for 4 years.

      Chris Paul – 2
      Kobe Bryant – 0
      Kevin Durant – 1
      Blake Griffin – 2
      Andrew Bynum – 0
      LaMarcus Aldridge – 2
      Kevin Love – 1
      Steve Nash – 4
      Russell Westbrook – 2
      Derrick Rose – 1
      Dwyane Wade – 2
      LeBron James – 0
      Carmelo Anthony – 1
      Dwight Howard – 0
      Chris Bosh – 1
      Luol Deng – 1
      Roy Hibbert – 4
      Andre Iguodala – 2
      Joe Johnson – 2
      Paul Pierce – 3
      Rajon Rondo – 2
      Deron Williams – 3

  6. tampajoey - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I’d still take JJ Hickson over Omri Casspi ANYDAY!

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Two professional gm’s who have seen him play every day obviously disagree. I think I’ll trust their opinion.

  7. lancer255 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Sixers please sign him

  8. browns11 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Hate to say it, but this guy isn’t a team player. Even his grandmother said to me in Cleveland that he wanted to go somewhere that he could be “the guy” for a team, preferrably in a warmer climate. Even her ego was trying to cash checks that he couldn’t live up to. IF he ever matures, he could be a really good player for some team, but first he would have to become coachable and not just rely on physical talent. Good luck to him.

  9. jjordannba - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Celtics Goo right now! Jermaine Oneal just walk away man

  10. tampajoey - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    I’d take JJ Hickson over Omri Casspi anyday!

  11. envyda1 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    A Reunion with Mike Brown…. Lakers could use him

  12. envyda1 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Reunion with Mike Brown

  13. manwithpizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    And the Cavs got a 1st round pick for this guy! Too bad the Kings have to make the playoffs by 2016 or it becomes a 2nd rounder.

    ….

    Well, at least they got a 2nd round pick for him!

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