NBA: 8 Teams Likely to Sign J.J. Hickson

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NBA: 8 Teams Likely to Sign J.J. Hickson

In a somewhat surprising move, the Kings have reportedly bought out the contract of power forward J.J. Hickson, according to Yahoo's Sam Amick.

Sacramento had previously acquired Hickson from Cleveland in exchange for small forward Omri Casspi.

When the deal went down, people were astounded because it seemed as though the Kings were making out like bandits. But now, it appears that the Cavaliers are actually the true winners, as Casspi has started 34 games for the Cavaliers this season, while averaging 7.1 points per game.

Hickson, on the other hand, was thought to come in to Sacramento and form a great frontcourt with Chuck Hayes, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. But it didn't happen, as Hickson started just nine games for the Kings, while playing in a little over 18 minutes per night. Along the way, Hickson has averaged just 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

His numbers were considerably down, as he was one of the best up-and-coming players last year while averaging 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest for the lowly Cavs.

But now, Hickson is a free agent and is free to sign anywhere.

There will likely be a number of suitors, as Hickson is just in his third year in the NBA. He's also just 23 years old, so there is still a lot of time for him to fully develop into the player everyone had been hoping for. Hickson has an amazing amount of talent and will likely find a new home quickly.

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