The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
How Can Colorado Quarterback Shedeur Sanders Improve For the 2025 NFL Draft?
How Can Colorado Quarterback Shedeur Sanders Improve For the 2025 NFL Draft?
June 6, 2024

Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders stands out as a prime prospect for the 2025 NFL Draft, and it’s no surprise he's the current favorite...

Nuggets lose Iguodala; gain JJ Hickson

UPDATE: 7/7/13

JJ Hickson (J.J. Hickson) of the NC State Wolfpack
JJ Hickson (J.J. Hickson) of the NC State Wolfpack (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to reports from Y! Sports, the Denver Nuggets have signed 24 year old JJ Hickson to a 3 year, $15 million contract.


Hickson, an undersized 6’9″ center, averaged 12.7ppg and 10.4rpg in 80 games with the Portland TrailBlazers last season. Hickson was an undrafted free agent prior to his time in Portland.

This signing marks the first move for the Nuggets this offseason, days after losing Olypmpic Gold Medalist Andre Iguodala to the Warriors (story below).

Hickson will fill Nuggets’ former starting center Kosta Koufus’ locker next season. Koufus was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on NBA Draft Night, moving Javale McGee to the Nuggets’ starting lineup.

Nuggets Big Men: JJ Hickson, Kenneth Faried, Javale McGee, Anthony Randolph, Darrell Arthur, Timofey Mosgov


All Star SG and Olympic gold medalist Andre Iguodala signed a 4-year, $48-million contract with the Golden State Warriors Friday, according to Y! Sports. Iguodala’s departure from Denver leaves the Nuggets without a standout star, and a vacant 2-spot.

In one season with the Nuggets, Iguodala played 80 of the 82 regular season games, averaging 13ppg. Iguodala was acquired in a 4-team trade prior to the 2012-2013 season, which sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and Al Harrington and Arron Afflalo to the Magic.

Iggy’s departure from Denver comes amidst a month of immense loss for the Denver Nuggets. Head Coach George Karl was honored with NBA Head Coach of the Year, and one week later was fired by Josh Kroenke. GM Masai Ujiri was honored with NBA GM of the Year, he signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Raptors the next week. Starting C Kosta Koufus was traded draft night to the Memphis Grizzlies for a late-2 round pick.

Iguodala will join the up-and-coming Warriors roster, the same team that shocked Nuggets fans in the first round this season. They later were eliminated by the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs.


The Warriors traded Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrines to the Utah Jazz prior to signing Iguodala. Their fate in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes is now blurred.

The Warriors will now carry one of the most dominant small-lineups in the NBA. Here is their expected starting lineup.

PG-Stephen Curry

SG-Klay Thompson

SF-Andre Iguodala

PF-David Lee

C-Andrew Bogut

The Nuggets roster, as of right now, would consist of:

PG-Ty Lawson

SG-Jordan Hamilton/Corey Brewer (FA)

SF-Wilson Chandler (Danilo Gallanari out)

PF-Kenneth Faried

C-Javale Mcgee

View Comments (8)
More to Discover

Comments (8)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *