Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported today that J.J. Hickson’s agent, Andy Miller, confirmed that the Bobcats did indeed have interest in the free agent who played the remainder of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, shortly after Bonnell’s tweet Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported that he had spoken to a source who suggested that it was “hard to envision” Hickson signing with anyone else but the Golden State Warriors. Golden State made a real push to land Hickson after he was waived by Sacramento last season, but eventually lost to Portland. Now the Warriors are back on track to get Hickson again and according to Amico, they’re the real clubhouse leaders.
Hickson has a career average of 9 PPG & 5.7 RPG in just 21.3 MPG. He now enters the 5th season of his NBA career and appears to be on the verge of his first big deal in the league. Somewhere in between $5-7 million/year seems reasonable for Hickson, but knowing how Golden State does business, he’s likely to get more.
Hickson is exactly what the Bobcats could use. A very athletic PF who can score the ball in a variety of ways and also defend multiple positions because of his athletic ability and strength. Considering how badly it seems Golden State wants Hickson’s services it’s hard to imagine Charlotte handing out a questionable contract to him, but one thing is for sure- Cho and the front office have got to pull the trigger soon on some frontcourt help for this depleted Bobcats roster. Question is, how much money are they willing to spend on potential?