The hits keep coming. According to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News, the Nets have expressed interest in Portland forward/center J.J. Hickson. The 6'9" Hickson is having a career year for the Blazers, averaging 12.7 PPG and 10.2 REB, but as Bondy notes in his tweet, not only would Hickson lose his bird rights if dealt, but he could also veto any trade.
Bondy later tweeted this:
Got pushback from the Nets regarding my report that they're interested in Portland forward JJ Hickson.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) February 15, 2013
The Nets are no stranger to trade rumors, and it's no secret that they've looked to bring in someone new to fill the power forward spot. But as we've learned in the past, rumors are just rumors until something actually happens. So for now, just sit back, enjoy Brook Lopez's new haircut this weekend and take in what should be a fun round of All-Star festivities in Houston.