Hassan Whiteside Signs With Kings

NOVEMBER 27: The Kings have made it official, announcing in a press release that they’ve signed Whiteside.

NOVEMBER 25: Center Hassan Whiteside will reunite with his first NBA club. The big man is set to ink a one-year deal with the Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets that the agreement is for a veteran’s minimum. Whiteside is coming off a four-year, $98.4MM maximum contract extension he signed with the Heat in 2016.

The Heat traded Whiteside to Portland in the summer of 2019 to clear cap space for incoming free agent Jimmy Butler. He had a productive year for the Trail Blazers, for whom he started during most of the 2019/20 season as center Jusuf Nurkic used most of the season to rehabilitate from compound fractures to the tibia and fibula of his left leg. In 30 MPG across 67 games with Portland (including 61 starts), Whiteside averaged 15.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, and a league-leading 2.9 BPG, while shooting 62.1% from the field. Wojnarowski also notes that Whiteside’s 25.07 PER was good for the eighth best such stat in the NBA.

The 6’11” big man out of Marshall was initially drafted by Sacramento with the No. 33 pick in 2010. He spent his first two NBA seasons with the Kings from 2010-2012. Whiteside logged time in the NBA’s then-D League (now the G League) and overseas before Miami took a flyer on him in 2014, where he quickly developed into an athletic force at the next level.

Whiteside marks new Kings GM Monte McNair‘s first free agent addition to the Sacramento roster. Presumably Whiteside will be expected to add interior depth behind oft-injured starter Marvin Bagley. Earlier this week, the Kings opted not to match the four-year, $72MM offer sheet tendered to restricted free agent shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic by the Hawks.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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48 thoughts on “Hassan Whiteside Signs With Kings

  1. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    Both. For Whiteside the kings are the only team that wanted him. As for the kings….well it’s the kings!

    • seamaholic

      For getting Hassan Whiteside on a vet minimum one year deal? That’s the NBA equivalent of “free.” They can literally cut him if he causes a problem. The Kings finally have smart leadership now.

    • I’m glad this guy, who only comes here to talk about how good/bad GMs are, is here to subjectively rank GMs for us.

      • buttholesurfer69 2

        this dude Sillivan is a dam troll

        and my screen name is buttholesurfer69, facts

  2. udaman

    I can’t believe whiteside is only getting the veteran minimum on a s**t team

      • buttholesurfer69 2

        Im slightly surprised myself

        I mean dam…jerami grant got 20m per, gordo got 30m for 4yrs….. tristan got 9m for 2

        i know whiteside has his issues but stil….

  3. x%sure

    Reggie Jackson is still available? The guy who is so hard to keep up with (if healthy)? That’s who could make up for Bogans. And Skal could also be a returner.

    • OrienGreene

      And as usual the Kings will not have any interest in resigning him next year.

  4. mike.honcho

    Whiteside back with the KINGS ………. you just can’t make this kind of stuff up.

    I can’t recall if it was Bobby Marks, Hollinger or someone else, who ranked this clown as one of the best FA’s this offseason, all because the analytics say so ………. this is one prime example, that analytics is meant to be just a tool, you need to trust your eyes as well – the eye-test, which Whiteside often fails at.

    The veteran minimum, is definitely the right contract for him though ……… this clown gives minimum effort most nights, he gets the minimum as well.

    • Not really sure how Whiteside failed the eye test. He had a productive year in Portland with no reports of drama, even after being moved to the bench in the playoffs. But I guess when your mind is made up to hate, you’re gonna hate.

      • Otogar

        When you say “he had a productive year” you are looking again at the stat sheet. There are lots of players who fill the stat sheet without helping their teams at all. You just have to watch them play on a regular basis to notice that. This is the eye test that Whiteside fails (at least to the eye of the NBA executives, as evidenced by the lack of offers).

      • mike.honcho


        It speaks volumes, when a one-legged, over-weight Nurkic played more instead of a ‘productive’ Whiteside.

        It speaks volumes, when the player with the 8th best PER in the entire NBA, can only get a vet-minimum offer, almost a week into free-agency, by the same team who drafted and waived him 2 years later.

    • OrienGreene

      I know what a loser! He has barely made over 100 million dollars playing basketball!

      • DVail1979

        What an awesome comment … I laughed quite hard at the sarcasm you had here … very well done lol

  5. siggers84

    The Kings have a need at centre and they signed a starting calibur NBA centre for a minimum contract. It’s a good signing as back up for Holmes. A lot cheaper than resigning either Len or Giles. Hes a decent rim protector. Don’t understand why this is a bad move

    • It was a decent move at the minimum salary. Hassan Whiteside is a stat chaser. He will have big numbers for the good of himself not for the good of the team. It’s a good move by the Kings because there’s zero risk. Whiteside wants to build his value back up as a good teammate with good numbers so he’ll be a good citizen this year, much like Dwight Howard with the Lakers last year. Re-establish NBA roster credibility. Don’t complain don’t whine Etc.

      • Before you ask, why are big stats bad for the team,? here’s one example that Hassan Whiteside is the best in the universe at. He will go for a blocked shot and put himself totally out of position when the shooter passes to his open Center teammate for a dunk. Rather than flashing to the shooter and boxing out his Man or threatening the shooter without fully committing to leaving his guy wide open. Hope that made sense.

  6. KnickerbockerAl

    I can think of plenty teams. Especially contenders that can use Whiteside for the minimum. Dude Knicks could use him for yr n minimum. Celtics, Heat, Warriors, Clippers geezzzzz

  7. PER is one of, if not THE most useless stat around if it says Hassan Whiteside is 8th best at something.

    • phillyballers

      It doesnt relate to basketball IQ. But you can’t deny hes an ultra efficient player.

    • Curtisrowe

      PER isn’t a bad stat, but it’s skewed toward bigs with lots of boards and blocks. Check how high Boban’s per is sometime.

    • x%sure

      Saying a stat is a definitive measure is a good way to misuse it. It’s like ranking people by IQ… PER doesn’t always rank players properly, and can only rank what can be quantified. Defense for instance is hard to put numbers on.

      In some cases you have to rely on judgements and observations by folks like formerlyz, who is rigorous and good at being formerlyz, good or bad as that is. He likes players that help the team, which is not HW, while cesc El Don likes players who make things big and dramatic, which HW aims to, or did.

      I don’t there’s anyone on this site who likes him for his numbers. I use numbers as much as anyone but I can respect a Cody Zeller who gets no credit for his great picks.
      Should my Cavs sign him?— no… even when he was good, he made annoying videos.

      • kingsforever 2

        You’re right. And the teams know that. Otherwise the statistics freak would get more than the minimum. Divac would have brought him 36 million for 3 years. :-)

  8. x_burner_X

    Wow, so many people just look at stats when evaluating guys) This is not 2k, have you guys even seen this dude play? He is a liability on D, has absolutely no motor, he has so many blocks because dudes attack him to the basket all the time and blocks a few of them – but really ranks in the bottom of the league in terms of FG% allowed at the rim.

  9. Otogar

    The Internet is divided among those who think Whiteside is an elite rim protector and uber-efficient player and those who think he’s just a stats chaser who plays awful positional defense and lacks any effort or focus. The fact that he has been unable to get anything better than a vets minimum with the Kings should really settle the discussion.

    • siggers84

      I just think he’s a decent cheap back up C for the Kings. Thats all he should be at this point. I will be disappointed if he starts first game.

  10. mike.honcho

    Buddy Hield & Hassan Whiteside. the awesome tandem that will warp Luke Walton’s mind faster than daddy’s hippie lettuce.

  11. kingsforever 2

    I’m more interested in what that means for Bagley. Is it starting now as a power forward? Holmes is still there. I think the deal is good. We have big problems to rebound. Don’t think anymore

    • siggers84

      They have some tough decisions coming. That can only be a good thing. I like Bjelica too.

  12. formerlyz

    I think we’re all aware at this point of how I feel about Hassan Whiteside. I’ll say what I always said…When Hassan Whiteside comes to play, he is a game changer. You want recent evidence of how talented this dude is? GS just drafted James Wiseman at 2. His most obvious comp is Hassan Whiteside.

    I hope this is a wake up call, but this might not be the last time he is one of the last bigs to sign, and have to sign with a team like the Kings at the minimum

  13. siggers84

    Kings haven’t had a bad offseason. Hield/Bogey starter situation has now gone which was causing unrest in the locker room. De’Aaron Fox resigned for a max. Drafted Haliburton, an absolute perfect pick for them. Got rid of salary. Didn’t take the bait and sign anyone for too much. Then got Whiteside on a minimum. Media is always so down on things the Kings do but I think they managed to make the best out of what they could do, and the team hasn’t got any worse. They should still be in the hunt for the 8th seed.

  14. silly puddy

    Whiteside dominates as shaq would say. . you kids that are complaining about his personality on the internet really sound like something. Go play some hoops at your local court or something. Usually see the same idiots commenting as if they know anything or their opinion matters. Boring kids

  15. silly puddy

    Nobody cares about every person you like or dislike on the NBA. it really doesnt matter. Whiteside will continue to play volleyball and swat flys out of the air get over it

  16. DynamiteAdams

    Honestly a steal by the Kings. I really thought he’d get more or at least take the minimum from a playoff team

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