Blazers formally sign Hickson, Freeland, picks

Blazers formally sign Hickson, Freeland, picks

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NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28: Damian Lillard (R) of Weber State greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number six overall by the Portland Trail Blazers during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

PORTLAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed free agent power forward J.J. Hickson, British forward Joel Freeland and draft picks Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard.

The flurry of signings was announced by the Blazers on Friday.

Hickson, who agreed to 1-year deal with Portland, played in 19 games for the Blazers last season, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Freeland, a 2006 draft pick by the Blazers, averaged 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season with Spain's Unicaja Malaga.

The Blazers took Lillard out of Weber State with the sixth pick before selecting the 7-foot-1 Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th pick in the June draft.

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