It's official: J.J. Hickson is a member of the Washington Wizards.
The organization released a press release Thursday about signing the power forward for the remainder of the season after news broke about the expected addition Tuesday.
“Signing J.J. for the remainder of the season gives us another solid veteran who will bring more depth to our frontcourt,” said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. “His experience, athletic ability and physical presence will be solid additions to our team as we continue our playoff push.“
The 6-foot-9 forward played 20 games with Denver this season including nine starts, averaging 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds before being waived on February 19. Hickson appeared in 519 career games over seven seasons with four teams. The former 19th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft averaged a double-double of 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds as a starter for Portland during the 2012-13.
Don't count on that version showing up, but Hickson will provide the roster with more size. That became a need when Washington sent two big men (Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair) to Phoenix for one (Markieff Morris) last week. While Marcin Gortat, Nene, Morris and Jared Dudley will receive the primary minutes at the power forward and center positions, the intrigue with Hickson, 27, is whether he'll pass 34-year-old Drew Gooden in the rotation.
The Wizards play at the Philadelphia 76ers Friday.