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Report: Bobcats interested in J.J. Hickson

The Charlotte Bobcats surprised some by choosing Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Kansas' Thomas Robinson with the second pick in last week's NBA Draft. Now, the reason behind that decision is becoming clear - The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports that the Bobcats have interest in a free agent that plays Robinson's power forward position.

https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/219852769589334016

Hickson, 23, started last year with the Sacramento Kings, but was waived and played the rest of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Hickson averaged a career-high 15 points per game in 19 appearances with Portland, 10 of which came as a starter. The 2011-2012 season was Hickson's last under his rookie contract.

The Portland Oregonian reported last week that the Blazers would not extend a qualifying offer to Hickson, meaning the Blazers do not have the right to match any other team's contract offer.
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