The Denver Nuggets and J.J. Hickson agreed on a three-year, $15 million deal on Sunday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The 24-year-old center averaged 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Among eligible centers who averaged at least 25 minutes per game, he ranked ninth in PER, via Hoop Data.
From the start it seemed like it would be tough for the cap-challenged Blazers to keep Hickson. As a young and talented big man, it was only natural he would attract a lot of attention this offseason.
The addition should add yet more depth to Denver's roster, which former coach George Karl helped create during his years with the organization.
The Nuggets finished 57-25 last season, good for the third seed in the Western Conference, but were uprooted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. They've gone to the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons, but they've lost in the first round nine times in that span.
During the 2008-09 campaign, they made it to the conference finals but were ultimately knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers.
With new coach Brian Shaw on board, Denver is looking to eradicate the reputation of simply being a good regular-season team.