ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)ThePortland Trail Blazers and what they ultimately decide to do withforward J.J. Hickson was predicated on last night's NBA Draft.
June30 is the deadline for the Trail Blazers to tender a qualifying offerof 4.4 million that would make Hickson a restricted free agent inwhich would allow them to match any offer a team issues. His caphold, though, would be set at 5.9 million.
Hickson'sagent, Andy Miller, and Trail Blazers general manger, Neil Olshey,came to an agreement to wait and see how the Trail Blazers' draftwould play out before both sides made a decision, either way.
Andywanted to see where we went in the draft first, Olshey told CSNNW.com. "I don'twant to speculate how the draft effected it or didn't. I'll talk toAndy about that. We'll get on the phone and figure out based on wherewe're going and the opportunity here for J.J., and see if it fits inhis plans and if it still fits into our plans.
TheTrail Blazers made out pretty good in last night's draft picking upWeber State guard Damian Lillard at No. 6 and snatching Illinoiscenter Meyers Leonard at No. 11.
Tobe honest, Hickson will command more on the open market and the TrailBlazers don't sound like they're up for forking out a substantialamount on Hickson.
ExpectHickson to be set free.
Hicksoncame to Portland last season after being claimed off waivers and litup the scene from day one after struggling miserably in Sacramento.
In35 games with the Kings, Hickson averaged 4.7 points per game, 5rebounds, and shot a dismal 37 percent from the field.
Asa member of the Trail Blazers, he played in 19 games and averaged15.1 points per game, 8.3 rebounds, and shot 54 percent from thefield.