Trail Blazers claim Hickson off waivers

PORTLAND — 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.

Golden State and Phoenix had also been reported to have interest in the 6-foot-9 Hickson, who had been bothered recently by back spasms and had played only six minutes in the past 10 games.

Hickson was a first-round pick by Cleveland out of North Carolina State in 2008. For his career, he has averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

It was not known if Hickson would be able to join the team for its game against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Rose Garden. Portland has lost nine of its last 12 games.

Williams out for season

Trail Blazers rookie guard Elliot Williams will have surgery on his left shoulder later this month and miss the rest of the season.

Williams dislocated his shoulder during practice on March 8. The Blazers say he will have surgery March 30 in Los Angeles.

Averaging 3.7 points in his 24 appearances, the 6-foot-5 Williams has shown promise this season. He's scored 88 points in just 149 total minutes.

Williams' career has gotten off to a rocky start after his rookie season last year was postponed by surgery on both knees.

Acquired by Portland with the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Williams played at Memphis after transferring from Duke for personal reasons.

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