Blazers formally sign Hickson, Freeland, picks

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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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