Report: Nuggets trying to trade J.J. Hickson

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With several veterans – Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Jameer Nelson, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson – on a rebuilding team, the Nuggets could be active before the trade deadline.

That’s especially true because they gave their general manager, Tim Connelly, a contract extension. He no longer has to chase meaningless wins to make himself look better. Job security in hand, he can build for the future.

Topping his list of movable players… J.J. Hickson.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

After starting earlier in the season, Hickson has fallen from the rotation. The Nuggets’ younger bigs – Nikola Jokic, Kenneth Faried, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic – are already better than him.

If that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement of Hickson’s trade value, it’s not. He’s a solid pick-and-roll finisher, but he’s limited otherwise offensively and a defensive liability.

He’s making $5,613,500 in the final season of his contract. If a team wants to rent a big man for depth, Hickson is alright. But his salary is probably a little too large to make that feasible.

Hickson’s mid-sized expiring contract is probably most useful in facilitating a larger trade.