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Odd report Trail Blazers shopping J.J. Hickson

Feb 19, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

J.J. Hickson AP

The Portland Trail Blazers have given J.J. Hickson more minutes than anyone had before and the result has been not only more points but more efficiency — 12.7 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds and a PER of 20.2 this season.

If you believe in the idea of selling high on a player then Portland should trade Hickson now. And apparently Portland is thinking about it, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

This is odd for one reason — Hickson can veto any trade because he loses his Bird rights. He’s a free agent this summer and if he is traded the home town team could not offer more than anyone else. Maybe that would appeal to him if he goes to the right place, he likely tests the market anyway.

But it’s out there and it’s something to watch. Blazers GM Neil Olshey is a lot of things, but shy about making deadline deals is not one of them.

  1. ss3walkman - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Slow news day :/

  2. saint1997 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    They have to start trading away some people to get picks and decent players, perhaps even trade Wes. i know it may seem unpalatable but the Blazers are the opposite of teams like the Rockets. They need a deeper bench and need to start adding some decent players to back them up. Lillard and LaMarcus are stars, but that’s not what they need right now

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      Why trade Wes? To get a player that can hopefully develop into…Wes? Wes ain’t gonna get a top 14 pick and he’s probably gonna be better then most coming out of next years draft anyways. Picks and young players to me is sooooooooo overrated in most occasions. Especially when Wes is already good, established and young. They should hold on to their entire starting 5 and Leonard and let them grow together. They could grow into some nice in another year or two, with a nice FA signing and solid drafting.

      But yeah, that bench is GAR-BAAAGE.

      • saint1997 - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:24 AM

        yeh okay fair enough but I think to speed up that process they need picks to bring in young talent (even in they are only mid way through the draft and are picking up talent like Oladipo and Goodwin) and looking at that roster Wes is the only tradable asset they have that they would trade. Its not getting one player to turn into Wes, its getting 3 or 4 players like 75% the skill level of Wes, to make the team deeper

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    IDK why POR just doesn’t keep him. He should be part of that core with the way he’s hustled this season. Been very impressed with him and should a be a name in the running for MIP.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      They need a true center. Hickson is more of a PF.

      • eugenesaxe - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Exactly. Hickson would be a great back-up PF/C, but someone will pay him to start, and he isn’t worth that kind of money off Portland’s cap space.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Meyers Leonard is a 7”1 C with a bunch of athleticism and upside. Once he starts to click and get it then you could move JJ back to the bench as the first big off said bench

        Or they could have LMA just man up with all 6”11 of his self and play C when JJ is on the court with him. Have no clue why they make 6”9 JJ play C when LMA is 6”11, 240.

  4. illcomm - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    hickson for turner

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