Hickson is finalizing a contract with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Hickson gained little traction with NBA teams in free agency this summer after he underwhelmed across 35 appearances with the Nuggets and Wizards last season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists across 12.5 minutes per game. While the 27-year-old has occasionally held some fantasy utility across various points in his career for his strong per-minute scoring and rebound totals, the 6-foot-9 big man is quite undersized for the center spot and has long been a liability on the defensive end. He'll look to show improvement in that regard during his stint with Fujian and could end up resurfacing with an NBA squad in the spring when the CBA season has concluded.
Hickson provided limited support off the bench during the 2015-16 season, appearing in only 35 games and averaging 5.9 points per contest. Hickson's role during the 2015-16 season was simply to provide depth. He appeared in 20 games for Denver, starting nine of them due to various injuries to teammates, but only saw action three times after Dec. 8. In February, the Nuggets bought out his contract and he then signed with Washington, but Hickson's role didn't increase as he remained behind Nene and Marcin Gortat on the depth chart. Despite limited minutes this season, the center still shot the ball well, hitting over 50 percent of his shots. Hickson will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Hickson registered nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and five rebounds in six minutes during the Wizards' 102-94 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday. Hickson has appeared in 10 of 18 contests since joining the Wizards in late February. During eight games in March, he is averaging 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in nine minutes as the team's third-string center behind Marcin Gortat and Nene Hilario.
Hickson (Coach's Decision) will be inactive for Friday's game versus the 76ers, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. Hickson signed with the Wizards earlier this week, but will not make his debut with the team Friday. His next opportunity to debut will be Sunday versus the Cavaliers. Even when the team makes him active it is unlikely Hickson will reach the rotation unless the Wizards' frontcourt suffers a few injuries.
Hickson is unlikely to make his Wizards debut Friday against the 76ers, J. Michael of CSN Mid Atlantic reports. Hickson signed on with the Wizards earlier this week, but he'll likely remain out Friday as he continues to adjust to his new surroundings. The Wizards are off Saturday before hosting Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, and seems quite plausible that Hickson will make his debut in that contest.
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