The Warriors are in the early stages of discussions for free agent big man J.J. Hickson, according to league sources.
Armed with a mid-level exception, the Warriors are seeking frontline help to play behind starters Andrew Bogut and David Lee. Hickson — a 6-foot-9, 242-pounder — figures to address the Warriors needs for athleticism, rebounding and some scoring.
The Warriors wanted to get Hickson after Sacramento waived him late season. But Portland claimed him off waivers, and Hickson averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in 19 games with the Blazers.
But Portland opted not to extend Hickson a qualifying offer, which would have made Hickson restricted. But according to the Oregonian, Portland wanted to avoid the $5.9 million cap hold.
Portland still has interest in Hickson. Including the Blazers and Warriors, about six teams are in the mix for Hickson.
Golden State has also expressed intrigue in free agent big man Jordan Hill. The Warriors are also keeping tabs on center Kwame Brown, who played well for the Warriors before a torn chest muscle knocked him out for the remainder of the seaso.