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Free agent JJ Hickson has joined the Washington Wizards

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JJ Hickson has signed for the Washington Wizards after being bought out by the Denver Nuggets following the trade deadline last week.

The 27-year-old has signed a pro-rated veteran’s minimum and is swapping the Western Conference for the East as he joins a Wizards side still harbouring hopes of securing the final playoff berth.

Shams Charania of the Vertical tweeted the developments on Tuesday after it had emerged on Sunday that Hickson had gone unclaimed and could sign with any team. On Thursday evening, the deal was finally confirmed.

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The Atlanta-born big man hasn't been a fully-fledged starter since the 2012-13 season in Portland, where he recorded a career high of 10.4 rebounds a night through 80 outings.

That's a testament to what Hickson can bring to the Wizards. On his game, he's a tenacious rebounder with a dangerous inside presence capable of recording regular double-doubles - which he averaged during the 12-13 campaign.

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Washington has noticeably strengthened their big men recently with the acquisition of Markieff Morris on trade deadline day providing another physical rebounder and capable scorer.

These moves could complement the electric John Wall, who will have more pick and roll opportunities than the previous speed-based offence afforded the All-Star - the Wizards are expanding their options.

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Washington head coach Randy Wittman has preferred to operate with a stretch four during his tenure, and he may well envisage Hickson providing some back-up for Marcin Gortat and Nene at center.

However the 19th pick in 2008 is utilised, the Wizards have acquired a proven NBA talent that is sure to be a reliable cog as the Wizards look to hunt down that all-important eighth spot in the East.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
JJ Hickson
Denver Nuggets
Northwest Division
Western Conference
John Wall
Washington Wizards
Southeast Division

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