The Denver Nuggets are reportedly exploring trades involving veteran forward J.J. Hickson, who has never found a major role in the squad from Mile High City.
Hickson, who is a free agent after the 2015-2016 NBA Season, enjoyed career years with previous squads Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers but has not found the same success with the Nuggets, where he has seen limited playing time and role both on offense and defense.
ESPN’s Marc Stein updated the possible Nuggets trade on Twitter:
Nuggets, I'm told, actively trying to find workable deal that would send Hickson elsewhere in advance of the NBA's Feb. 18 trade deadline
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 20, 2016
In his final season (2010-2011) in Cleveland, Hickson averaged 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. In his only season (2011-2012) in Portland, Hickson averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds.
However, in three seasons with the Nuggets, Hickson has managed to average just 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game.
Hickson is not part of the long-term plans for the Nuggets with the likes of J.J. Hickson, Darrel Arthur, Joffrey Lauvergne, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic expected to get the bulk of the playing time in the frontcourt positions.
The Nuggets are currently holding a 16-26 record in 10th place in the Western Conference standings. Denver is most likely missing the postseason this year and would prefer young prospects or future picks in any deal involving Hickson.
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