Former up-and-coming superstar J.J. Hickson is now a Blazer. Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Hickson Officially In, Memo Officially Out

Portland has signed JJ Hickson and waived Mehmet Okur. Ben at Blazersedge has a good analysis of the situation, so check that out. This move probably won’t change much, except now the Blazers have another guy that can actually get into games.

I’ll say this though, I would have thought the Memo era would have been a bit more memorable.

Here’s the transcript of the press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have claimed forward J.J. Hickson off waivers, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We like J.J.’s energy and physicality,” said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. “He’s a young, but experienced player who can help our frontline.”

The Sacramento Kings waived Hickson on March 19.

In a separate move, the team has waived center Mehmet Okur, acquired in a March 15 trade with New Jersey.

Hickson, 23, averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 18.4 minutes in 35 games (nine starts) for the Kings this season.

In four NBA seasons with Cleveland and Sacramento, Hickson (6-9, 242) holds averages of 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 20.5 minutes in 258 games (148 starts).

The Trail Blazers roster stands at 15 players.

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