Hassan Whiteside Rumors
March 13 at 8:13pm CST By Alex Lee
Citing a source close to the team, ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling reports that the Knicks are considering adding a veteran point guard to supplement Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni. While injuries have decimated their frontcourt, Zwerling says a lack of free agent options has led the Knicks to consider opting for guard help.
Zwerling indicates that the Knicks are ideally looking for a point guard that has some speed and quickness, in contrast to the wisdom and decision making of the older Kidd and Prigioni. The source points to Delonte West, Sundiata Gaines and Jannero Pargo as options, with West being the most likely. While West has some issues - as evidenced by his absence from the NBA this year - the Saint Joseph's product would join a veteran roster in New York. Meanwhile, all signs point towards Pargo signing a 10-day contract with Charlotte tomorrow. So unless that deal falls through, the Knicks would have to hope the Bobcats let him walk once his contract expires if they want to pursue him.
Two of those veterans are injured big men Amare Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace, both out for the remainder of the regular season. Zwerling says Mike Woodson remains committed to Wallace, probably making James White the odd man out should the team decide it needs a roster spot.
Should the Knicks decide their need for frontcourt help is too pressing to consider anything else, Zwerling lists Henry Sims, Tony Battie, Josh Boone, Brian Cook, Dan Gadzuric, Troy Murphy, Ben Wallace, Hassan Whiteside and Sean Williams as potential targets. While Sims provides the most intrigue of the bunch, Zwerling says the Knicks would prefer a veteran.
December 29 at 6:22pm CST By Ryan Raroque
HoopsWorld's Susan Bible wonders whether Thunder sophomore Reggie Jackson, with an assist from extra playing time in the D-League, has surpassed Eric Maynor to become the primary backup to Russell Westbrook. Maynor will be a restricted free agent this summer, while Jackson's rookie deal isn't up until 2015. Jackson and Maynor's respective playing time over the last three games have definitely been worth noting, as the former Boston College product has averaged 16.3 MPG to Maynor's 1.3 (including two DNP-CDs). We have more tidbits to share from the Western Conference, and you can find them below:
- Jeremy Lin is becoming a better fit next to James Harden, as Royce Young of CBSSports.com observes. The Rockets have gone 7-2 in their last nine games, with Lin averaging 14.1 PPG and 6.7 APG.
- The Mavericks are hoping that Dwight Howard will leave the Lakers in free agency next summer, tweets Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. As Chuck Myron outlined over the summer, signing Howard appears to be a risky strategy from a salary cap perspective, even if it's possible.
- Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune provides a fuller picture of Rockets coach Kevin McHale's recent comments about Royce White.
- While former Kings second round draft pick Hassan Whiteside isn't currently under contract with an NBA team, Ryan Ripley of Ridiculous Upside highlights how the 7-footer's recent performances with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League has helped quell some past concerns about his play.
- Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News thinks that Dan Fegan (the newly hired agent of DeMarcus Cousins) could be instrumental in forcing a trade out of Sacramento with Cousins' chance at a contract extension looming (Twitter link).
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.
December 11 at 7:30pm CST By Chuck Myron
Former Kings center Hassan Whiteside will join the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League, a source tells HoopsHype. Whiteside was the third pick of the second round in 2010, but injuries limited him to only 19 games the past two seasons with Sacramento. The Kings let go of his non-guaranteed minimum-salary contract in July.
Whiteside has seemed a strong bet to return to the NBA this season, as Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld wrote last month, and the Wolves and Heat had interest over the summer. He played 18 of his 19 career games last season, and posted a solid 16.2 PER in 109 total minutes — a small sample size, but apparently enough to whet appetites for the seven-footer in at least a couple NBA front offices.
For the day's D-League assignments and recalls, check out our roundup, and bookmark our season-long list, which we'll be updating throughout the 2012/13 season.
November 2 at 11:06am CST By Luke Adams
HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy has taken to Twitter this morning to share a few updates about a number of NBA free agents, including one that hasn't played in the league since the 2009/10 season. Let's dive right in....
September 27 at 10:47pm CST By Ryan Raroque
There's a chance that Minnesota could bring Hassan Whiteside
into training camp, but Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500
believes that it would have to be a non-guaranteed contract. Wolfson also covers a few more miscellaneous notes surrounding the Timberwolves
, including the status of Nikola Pekovic
, other players under consideration along with Louis Amundson
, and that Chicago businessman Richard Chaifetz
has been "kicking the tires" on the prospect of owning the team. Here's what else we've heard from around the league tonight:
- Greg Payne of ESPN Boston writes that many members of the Celtics were in Los Angeles last week to participate in team scrimmages organized by Rajon Rondo, among them being newly drafted Jared Sullinger. Today, the rookie big man elaborated on that experience, briefly talking about Fab Melo, Kevin Garnett, and also touching on concerns about his weight.
- Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press says that although Ricky Rubio does not have a timetable for his return, he is aiming for a return by December or early January. The Spanish playmaker had suffered injuries to his ACL and MCL during a game against the Lakers in March, and does not want to rush anything during his rehabilitation process.
- Tim Bontemps of the New York Post writes that the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement could impact the Nets' ability to sign and bring their overseas draft picks (specifically Bojan Bogdanovic and Ilkan Karaman) to Brooklyn in the near future.
- Antonio Daniels remains undecided about his future in the D-League, telling Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside that while he wants to keep playing and possibly make an NBA comeback, he doesn't want to be taking anyone's position in the D-League either.
- Earlier, Chris Thomasson of FOX Sports Florida reported that David Falk, the agent of Juwan Howard, was optimistic about trying to get a deal done between his client and the Heat. Falk also asserted that the 18-year-veteran strongly prefers Miami and is not considering retirement. However, with the Heat roster now at the maximum of 20, it will be interesting to see where Howard's camp goes from here.
- According to an ESPN report via the Associated Press, the NBA is coming to terms on procedures that would penalize players for flopping. League spokesman Tim Frank says that the NBA's competition committee has engaged in discussions to implement this plan during the upcoming season.
September 21 at 10:32am CST By Luke Adams
As teams continue to fill out their training camp rosters with free agent signings, Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld takes a look at which clubs still have cap space or various cap exceptions. Pincus' piece is worth checking out for an update on where your favorite teams stands, financially, and it also provides one important reminder: When the season begins, sign-and-trade deals are no longer permitted. Given the rule changes coming next summer, these next few weeks will be the last opportunity taxpaying teams will have to conduct sign-and-trade deals under the current CBA.
Here's the latest on a few free agents still looking for work:
- ESPN.com's Marc Stein passes along "word from China" suggesting that the Shanghai Sharks are strongly pursuing unrestricted free agent D.J. White (Twitter link). We heard earlier this week that White was drawing interest from Israel.
- GM David Kahn and the Timberwolves have been doing extensive due diligence on Hassan Whiteside, says Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, who believes the big man is a good bet to join the T-Wolves (Twitter links).
- Gino Pilato of Ridiculous Upside looks at whether Yi Jianlian's NBA window could be closing, and wonders if the former lottery pick would give the D-League a shot if it provided the best path back to the NBA.
- Matt Dickey, who went undrafted out of UNC Asheville, is hoping to join the D-League for the coming season, according to Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside.
September 20 at 4:53pm CST By Luke Adams
Let's round up a few Thursday afternoon updates from around the Eastern Conference:
September 18 at 4:31pm CST By Luke Adams
After weeks of consideration, the Heat appeared to conclude their hunt for a big man yesterday, inking Josh Harrellson to a non-guaranteed deal. Another team that has long been eyeing free agent bigs, the Timberwolves, continued their search today. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 (via Twitter), Wolves GM David Kahn is still talking to agents, with Hassan Whiteside, Sean Williams, and others believed to be in the mix. That's one of a handful of today's odds and ends that we've yet to cover, so let's round up the rest....
- Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel fielded questions in his mailbag about how the signing of Harrellson would affect the Heat's roster and rotation.
- Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio follows up his tweet on Lester Hudson from earlier today with a full story on Hudson's agency letting him go when he failed to attend a workout with the Bobcats. "The Bobcats ended up eating a ticket for $750," said agent Tyler Glass. "I worked
so hard to get him a workout, and he didn’t show. The Bobcats were
annoyed and they should have been. They’re a professional organization.
You don’t skip out on workouts.... He really can play in the league. But what happened with the Bobcats... Word gets around."
- Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld makes his picks for the offseason's most underrated acquisitions.
- The sale of the Grizzlies to Robert Pera continued to move in the right direction today, as Memphis City Council approved transfer of the city's agreement with ownership. Amos Maki of the Memphis Commercial Appeal has the details.
- With Dwight Howard no longer a distraction, the Magic are excited about their new direction, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
September 17 at 8:46am CST By Luke Adams
The Heat have concluded an audition of Hassan Whiteside that lasted several days, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Now, the team will decide whether to sign him, Josh Harrellson, or neither player. Whether or not cost is an issue, Miami appears to be focused on youth in its search for a big man, having passed on auditioning veterans like Chris Andersen or Mehmet Okur. Here are a few other Monday morning notes out of Miami:
- Within Jackson's piece, the Herald scribe writes that a Heat official says the team was disappointed with Dexter Pittman's summer league play. Pittman is on a guaranteed contract and seems likely to remain on the roster, but nothing is assured yet. "This is a crucial training camp for him," said the team official. "But the slate is clear."
- Pittman will need to improve his rebounding and cut back on his fouls to stick with the Heat, says Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
- Asked whether the Heat can count on Mike Miller this season, Winderman notes that the club won't necessarily have to count on him for major production with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis on board. Anything Miller provides will be a bonus, says Winderman.
September 11 at 1:02pm CST By Luke Adams
Hassan Whiteside, who worked out for the Timberwolves last week, is in Miami today to audition for the Heat, tweets Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500. Whiteside's agent tells Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune that the Miami workout may not be his client's last, as there are a handful of other teams interested in having the former King work out for them (Twitter link).
The Timberwolves and Heat are among the teams still looking to add at least one more big man to their respective rosters. The T-Wolves are said to have interest in Mehmet Okur, but Okur is seeking more than a minimum-salary deal, which is all Minnesota can offer. The Wolves are still "very much in the mix" for Whiteside, according to his agent (Twitter link via Zgoda).
The Heat, meanwhile, have been frequently linked to former Knick Josh Harrellson, but he remains unsigned. Over the weekend, we heard that the Heat are considering bringing Harrellson on board, but Whiteside's workout suggests the team is still exploring its options.
In two seasons with the Kings, Whiteside recorded only 111 total minutes, but his height (7'0") and age (23) make him a potentially intriguing prospect for teams looking to add another frontcourt player.