A source has told Yahoo! Sports that J.J. Hickson has had his contract bought out by the Sacramento Kings. Sam Amick independently confirmed this as well. There were rumors that the Kings had waived Hickson after yesterday’s game, as he was not on the bench with the team.
Ailene Voisin reported earlier this week that the Kings tried “like crazy” to make a deal for Hickson, but there were no takers. That’s not a surprise as Hickson has been unquestionably terrible this season. Hickson is averaging 4.7 points on 37% shooting and 5.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes a game this season. His PER of 10.1 is easily the lowest of his 4 year career as well.
The Kings acquired Hickson in a trade back in June 2011, when they sent out Omri Casspi and a conditional first round pick to Cleveland for the PF. Hickson started out the season in the starting lineup but later found himself replaced in the rotation by Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes.