Hassan Whiteside agrees to 1-year deal with Kings
Whiteside began his NBA career with the Kings as the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Free agent center Hassan Whiteside has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 25, 2020
Hassan Whiteside played for the Portland Trail Blazers last season. He averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game during the regular season while shooting 62.1 percent from the field and 68.6 percent from the free-throw line.
While Whiteside put up good numbers with the Blazers, the team let him walk in free agency after acquiring Enes Kanter from the Boston Celtics. Jusuf Nurkic, of course, is the Blazers’ starting center.
Whiteside has appeared in 410 NBA games with the Kings, Miami Heat and Blazers. He has career averages of 13.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in the regular season.
At least the Kings signed point guard De’Aaron Fox to a lucrative rookie-scale extension, though. The lefty is one of the best young players in the NBA and Sacramento is praying he can be the guy who snaps the team’s long playoff drought.
The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since all the way back in 2006.
Whiteside is one of the better shot-blockers in the NBA. It’s unclear if Kings fans are going to be happy with the addition since Whiteside is a polarizing player, but they will surely give him a chance to prove himself.