Blazers claim J.J. Hickson off waivers



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have picked up forward J.J. Hickson off waivers.

Hickson was waived by Sacramento on Monday. The Kings acquired him last June from Cleveland for forward Omri Casspi and a conditional future first-round draft pick. He played 35 games for the Kings, averaging 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest.

He had been bothered recently by back spasms and played only six minutes in the past 10 games.

Hickson was a first-round pick by Cleveland out of North Carolina State in 2008.