(NEW YORK) — The Denver Nuggets have seen plenty of departures this offseason, so they’ve decided to start making some additions. ESPN reports that the team has signed forward J.J. Hickson to a three-year contract.
Hickson’s deal is said to be worth $15 million, as the Nuggets are banking on Hickson continuing the development he showed last season.
A former first-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hickson is now joining his third team in as many seasons.
Still, last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Hickson finally started to flash the potential many saw for him when he was a rookie back in 2008. In 80 games, the 24-year-old Hickson averaged 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. His 40 doule-doubles ranked seventh in the NBA last season. It was also the first time in his career that he’s averaged a double-double.
The Nuggets could sure use some outside production. Denver is still reeling from the loss of guard Andre Iguodala, who recently signed a free agent deal with the Golden State Warriors. They also surprisingly fired reigning NBA Head Coach of the Year Geroge Karl. Also, general manager Masai Ujiri left the team recently to join the Toronto Raptors organization.
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