Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
I like the Portland Trail Blazers' ambition and willingness to trade a movable piece on a team stacked with young talent. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, "The Blazers continue to try to extract a future first-round pick for J.J. Hickson."
There is certainly a market for Hickson, a fifth-year, 6'9" banger who plays bigger than his size. He's currently averaging 12.9 points and 10.4 boards per game in just under 30 minutes.
But a first-round pick for him? That's a bit much to swallow.
The trade market is also not red hot for a PF/C according to league sources, especially with cheaper assets like Marreese Speights and Jermaine O'Neal available (per Ben Golliver on Twitter).
Furthermore, J.J. may be a bit of a knucklehead. Hickson raised some eyebrows (and made some headlines) with a series of tweets on Valentine's Day that extended well into the evening and early morning.
Many were accompanied by the hashtag "girlbye" which were various reasons for leaving the woman you're with. My personal favorite was this: "You built like a bag a blockbuster tapes... #girlbye."
It's creative and light-hearted. After all, when's the last time you saw a bag full of VHS tapes, let alone watched one?
Hickson also gave a shoutout to strippers around the world.
When asked by Anne Peterson of the Associated Press if he understood some of the tweets could be seen as offensive, Hickson admitted, "Now that you asked me that question, yeah" (via Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge).
But he reassured that "it definitely was jokes." Jokes, yes, just like Portland asking for a first-round pick for him.