It was first reported Friday that JJ Hickson had signed on to play overseas for the Israeli team Bnei Hasharon, as a replacement for Trevor Booker of the Washington Wizards who was recently sidelined with an injury, and truth is he may already be there by now. I’m not totally sure on that, but I am sure he’s going. Some additional details on the ex-Cavs big man’s move overseas are below, from ESPN’s Cowbell Kingdown:
“According to multiple reports, [JJ Hickson] has signed to play in Israel for Bnei Hasharon. He replaces Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker, who suffered an undisclosed injury and is returning to the U.S. to recover.
ASM Sports, Hickson’s agency, told Cowbell Kingdom in an email that the Kings big man plans to leave for Israel this weekend. His contract with Bnei Hasharon includes an NBA opt-out clause in the event the league and player’s union reach a new labor deal. Bnei Hasharon plays in the Israel-Premier League and its season concludes next March.
When Hickson was traded to the Kings in June, he told reporters his plans were to train at Impact’s Las Vegas facility until the lockout was resolved. The lack of movement on a new labor deal appears to have changed his mind. More recently, Hickson tweeted he would play in Donté Greene’s Goon Squad Classic. However, his departure from the states likely nixes his participation.”
I talked to JJ a few times since the season ended and never got the impression that he was interested or planning on going overseas. His doing so now makes me think this Lockout may last a lot longer than I had previously hoped it would. Not that I didn’t already think that by now though, I guess. Trevor Booker is also a ASM Sports client, so when he got injured his agent Andy Miller thought it wise to see if JJ was interested in picking up that paycheck in the meantime. A smart move, unfortunately, forced by an extended work stoppage which is even more unfortunate.
So good luck over there, JJ. Have fun.