Re-Sign or Release: JJ Hickson

Back in May, 2008, we featured a little series called “Re-Sign or Release” where we went through every player on the Cavaliers roster and turned to the readers to see what they would do if they were the general manager of the Wine and Gold and – hypothetically, of course – all of the players were up to have their respective contracts renewed.

Same hypothetical this time around: We’re looking to build for the future; all players are restricted free agents, likely requiring a bit of a pay raise from last season.  Do you re-sign them? Andrew has already laid out the roadblocks currently facing the Cavaliers in 2011; now it’s your turn. Vote below and leave your support in the comments.

When the Cavaliers landed the first-overall pick, many fans wondered just what a young, talented, pure point guard would mean for the team’s 22-year-old athletic power forward.  No one had a more up and down season than one James Hickson – but does that impact whether or not he should be a part of this team’s future plans?


2010-11 Salary: $1,528,920

2010-11 Statistics:


2010-11 Recap: The year 2010 was supposed to be that of JJ Hickson.  The only “sure thing” within the offensive rotation, the talented power forward was going to be given carte blanche to show what he can do on the floor.  The difference therein was that what Hickson could do on the floor was not what he was doing.

Missed defensive assignments, a lack of effort on the boards and an all-around poor attitude quickly drew the ire of head coach Byron Scott.  But after a relatively long standoff, Hickson gave himself a goal of 10 rebounds per game and seemed to be rejuvenated through the second half of the season.

Post-All-Star Game, Hickson saw averages of 16.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and a field goal percentage that was over 30 points higher than his mark before the break.  Sure, some of this may be due to the fact that the team was forced to play the 6-foot-10-inch power forward at the center position, but a lot can also be attributed to Hickson’s new-found desire to be successful even though his team was not in the midst of another 60-win season.

When it was all said and done, Hickson said all the right things and showed that things are certainly better between he and his head coach.  It is worth noting that, this being the fourth year of Hickson’s tenure, he will be up for a new contract between now and the end of this coming season.

Re-Sign or Release: Samardo Samuels (73 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Alonzo Gee (55 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Daniel Gibson (58 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Baron Davis (84 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Christian Eyenga (95 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Anthony Parker (76 percent say release)
Re-Sign and Release: Ramon Sessions (87 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Manny Harris (68 percent say re-sign)

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  • Natedawg86

    Why would we release Hickson?

  • Alex

    In Hickson’s case, it’s re-sign or trade.

  • Harv 21

    Easy to picture a scenario where they move him.

    He has a huge incentive to come to camp in great shape and ready to put up numbers – a young guy at 16/10 will bring big bucks. But if he starts off mentally floating again, might want to move him while his perceived value is high. And if he is putting up numbers, Cavs may worry that someone may make him a big offer next off-season that we wouldn’t want to match, given that he might start floating again after his next contract. If I’m Chris Grant, I’m relying a lot on Byron’s take on JJ’s maturity before deciding what to do.

  • Doc1188


  • TJ

    JJ is an essential block to this team. we’re going to need him a lot for the next however many years we can keep him. no sense in releasing him. If we must, he would serve for a great trade. But if we were going to trade anybody on the entire team, including the coach (making a point), JJ would be the last player I would want to trade

  • Brendon


  • Drew

    How is Anthony Parker the only guy to get the ax on a 19 win team?
    Is it the Cleveland fear that if you let anyone relatively young go elsewhere that he will suddenly become an all-star? I just don’t see guys like Gee, Harris, and Gibson making the Cavs regret letting them walk away.

    The Cavs got two top 5 DPs this year. I hope they draft well and then lose 60 more games next year jetting them right back into the top 5 of the ’12 Draft. Only way to turn this franchise around.

  • Mike

    I agree with Drew. Theres no way Samuels or Gee would be on a playoff team’s roster. Harris and Gibson should be buried on the bench. I mean, look at the results so far. Of a 19 win team, the fans want only to release Parker and keep the current roster. That will not get us back to the playoffs any time soon. Even in the East.

  • Mike

    Of the current roster, only Hickson, Varejao and maybe Eyenga should be guaranteed to be on 2011-12 roster. Everyone else should be expendable. Davis will be here only because of his contract. Same for Jamison.

  • Believelander

    @Drew, Mike: you don’t get it. These questions are hypothetical and out of context. It’s not “would you keep 14 of the 15 guys on this roster”. The question is, “if you had an empty roster hole and this player with this salary, would you re-sign him for another season?” Honestly, most of our players are bench-quality guys with club-side lucrative contracts, good attitude and work ethics. AP is the only one who’s over the hill with a bigger contract than he’s really worth.

    As a whole, the 15 guys we had did not a winning NBA team make, but most of them are worth more as depth guys than their individual contracts. Nobody here’s saying we should keep all of them, but it’s hard to argue against keeping most of them, if your roster has the room, and assuming Dwight Howard or Chris Paul don’t want their roster spot.