AUGUST 6: The Jazz have made it official with Whiteside, announcing his deal in a press release.
“Hassan is one of the more physically gifted players in the game today and has a vast amount of valuable professional basketball experience,” Jazz GM Justin Zanik said in a statement. “We’re excited to add someone with his skillset and feel he’s a great fit with our current roster.”
AUGUST 3: The Jazz have agreed to a deal with free agent center Hassan Whiteside, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).
Whiteside is coming off his least productive season in seven years, having averaged 8.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in 36 games (15.2 MPG) for Sacramento, but he remains a solid shot-blocker and rebounder, especially as a backup center.
The 32-year-old seven-footer signed a one-year deal with the Kings last year but could never get fully on track with his new team. The Jazz will be hoping that in Quin Snyder‘s system, backing up All-NBA center Rudy Gobert, Whiteside will be able to turn things around.
The Jazz recently traded reserve center Derrick Favors to the Thunder in a cost-cutting move, and Whiteside gives them some level of schematic continuity coming off the bench.
The Jazz are believed to be limited to minimum-salary deals after committing their taxpayer mid-level exception to Rudy Gay, so Whiteside’s deal figures to be worth the veteran’s minimum.
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Good pickup by the JAZZ. They needed a back-up big on the cheap.
You’d think that a klutz like Whiteside will be useful on a team like the KINGS …….. but it’s the KINGS and it’s Luke Walton.
The JAZZ have a strong organization, Hassan will be in his best behavior. I think. I hope.
So I know this is against what I previously said, but this one just cant go without something being said here…
You’re going to argue with the idea if terming Justise Winslow as a winning player, and then talk up Hassan Whiteside? Really? Realllly?Really?
I think the jazz use him well
Yes, “will use him well”. The Jazz have a system where drivers are less resisted and more routed to the center, then the defender can leak out full-go. You cannot do that with a small-ball 5. You can with Whiteside, who likes to be a bad man guardian hero, like Gobert does.
The perimeter players perhaps need more character, to not cheat the scheme and just give up on defense.
It’s not a lack of character it’s by design. Chase them off the 3pt line then them drive and get swallowed by Gobert or force a midrange jumper. Good luck finding anyone in the league with more character than Joe Ingles. Dudes all fire, heart, hustle and character.
Correct, I meant in the scheme, the wing/perimeter players are the ones needing the character, and Utah found them. The center can be a shot-eating azzhole who can get lost on offense… such as perhaps Gobert or Whiteside.
It is possible the Cavs could be on Ingles’ list. That would be a get!
Signing Rudy Gay may instead usurp Bogdan, but the Jazz GM called his signing “historic” so they may not want to backtrack from that.
Gay, who should be a solid responsible wing, makes Ingles less crucial in Utah, though the ability to play 1-4 is an asset… I presume Jazz wanted a small-ball 5, so did well if that’s the case with Gay. Just guessing now
Thank you for clarifying and I apologize for getting defensive.
OK. Looks like Jazz are going to keep almost everyone plus add several. Owners came through!
Cavs could try what Utah does instead of trying to attract the 2way wings. Get a plan guys.
Aldi Brand Gobert
Going from Derrick Favirs to Whiteside…brutal ROFL
Get ready Azibuke. You’re about to get a lot of minutes as a backup 5
That dude a beast
In the one in ten games he gives a chit… he’ll look like a more ahtletic Shaq.. the other 9? Somewhere between Shawn Bradley and Kwame Brown lol
Why wouldn’t Celtics go after him. Seriously why
The Celtics have 4 centers and 3 power forwards.
Name one center
Al Horford, Robert Williams, Bruno Fernando
Williams is not a center. He’s an old school 4. He can play small ball center. He’s listed at 6’8”.
Horford was signed to play next to Embiid for a big lineup. That means he’s a 4. Al is also an old school 4. Who can play center, granted. Listed at 6’10”. You do know he was a PF in college next to Noah and won two titles. So he’s been 4 a long time.
Bruno is also more a big 4 old school. But is still finding his way. Why they only play him at center. Listed at 6’9”.
So you see. None of these are 7’1” and can control the paint like a true CENTER can. Which is my point. Celtics have always needed a rim protector. Something I’ve posted here since Al was on the team. Cause Tako, one you missed. Obviously can’t do it or they don’t trust. Celtics need a center. A real SEVEN footer that can reb and anchor the D. Not 4 guys that will all get killed by Embiid…… a rim protector to control the paint against Giannis.
So am I making sense now. I guess I have to explain it to those who needed. Forgive me for thinking it’s obvious to all.
Whoa…Slow down there skipper. You have to be 7’1″ to be a center? Wes Unseld was a HoF defender and rebounder. He was only 6’7″. There have been a lot of great centers that have been under 7 feet.
Wes wasn’t a rim protector. And this is 2021. You really want an education don’t you. OK
There are no rim protectors today under 7’. Cause the athletes are bigger and better. Dr J was 6’6”. Giannis is 6’11”. To really anchor team D and really be a true rim protector. You not only have to be big. But also athletic. It’s why Tako can’t get run. Whiteside just happens to be a decent one. You understand you don’t know what you are talking about so. You want to use history to get off topic. Listen bro. I got game. I know more history than you will ever read. You should argue about facts. This is not a contest. Celtics need a rim protector.
You can just disagree. See ho easy that was. You can’t guard me lol. Even Ayton who is a solid rim protector had issues with Giannis. It’s why they went and got a backup center. Cause when Ayton went out. I mean …… McGee a solid rim protector. And even got Tako who Celtics let walk. You wonder why they didn’t get the next Wes Unseld.
Moses Malone dominated the paint at 6’10” as did Bill Russell. Bill Walton was 6’10” Alonzo Mourning 6’10”, like Howie said Wes Unseld 6’7″ and they’re all Hall of Famers. Dwight Howard was a beast in his prime at 6’10” and I think all would’ve more than held their own with Embiid.
Another try here. Now we are all getting off point. Moses wasn’t a rim protector. Walton was seven feet and smart. He could do it. The point was about whiteside and Celtics. Not HOFers or guys who were good centers. Mind your business or atleast stay on point.
And for years prior to signing with the 76ers, Horford was a perfect modern 5 for the Hawks and Celtics. What a strange argument to type your heart out over.
Yeah a small center. You understand this is about the Celtics and passing on Whiteside. Yeah it’s hard to keep up. When we don’t want to stay on point. Ball is easy for me. I don’t even need google or a map. But I agree it’s not worth teaching folks who couldn’t care to learn.
I’m simply pointing out the facts, relax Al. You said name one center, multiple were named. You seem to have an issue when someone notes a mistake in your “ball” knowledge.
I look forward to your next rage-induced paragraph, Has.
Why they traded Moses Brown is beyond me.
My condolences to the Utah faithful… Signed every team he’s ever played for lol
This is enlivening……. Considering Heat gave him his biggest contract ever.
See that’s called an educated response. While for you it’s insulting. I’m actually insulting your knowledge though. I keep that to myself. Ha ha too easy
I’m well aware of the 5 year 85 mill+ contract the Heat gave him.. I’m well aware before he got it he lead the league in rebounding and blocks, yet after it couldn’t even play him in 4th quarters because he didn’t give a damn anymore… I’m well aware it was a miracle the day I heard the Heat got Portland to take his contract as part of a deal that got Jimmy Butler to Miami… I’m well aware 2 teams have given up on him since…. see… this is is called a real reply. I won’t even lower myself to what you tried at the end there.
Really you mean facts. You are insulting a guy cause he hurt your feelings. A basketball player. Are you Marty in Miami lol. Grow up
Make fun of teams cause they take a guy your team gave the bank to. That’s real smart
If he signed at the minimum then sure
It’s ironic you say that.. I was listening to the Miami Heat’s radio station today and Whiteside’s name came up as a possible minimum salary pick up for the Heat,,, within 60 seconds the show had calls and texts saying “fire whoever said that first!” haha
The Jazz have some strong personalities on the roster like the Rudy’s (Gobert and Gay) Ingles and Conley not to mention Snyder who won’t put up with bull***t. If he brings too much baggage they’ll just cut his ass and move on. If he plays his role and does his job he’ll be a good pickup for them.
Really? The Heat didn’t have Pat Riley and Erik Spolstra? Let alone Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and other teammates…. Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier, and others in the front office all in his head? When he joined the Blazers Damian Lillard said he would make it his #1 priority to get Whiteside to be the best he could be. Didn’t hear anything with the Kings (which probably speaks volumes about that organization)…. yet you think all these people failed with him but Quin Snyder and Mr. shut down all american sports for 4 months is gonna succeed somehow?! lol
Than you cut him, move on and sign the next guy. It’s just a one year minimum deal. Besides Wade must’ve signed off I know he’s not a majority owner but I would think he would have some influence on roster decisions.
Talk “real ball” and not “false narratives” but has multiple times alluded fo Christian Wood being a cancer and that his teammates don’t like him. Plus, it’s all over Houston sports radio, but I live in Houston and listen to the radio daily and haven’t heard or read anything regarding that.
Not sure why this didn’t attach to the comment I replied to, but it was meant for the NY guy lol
Then you are either deaf or just a liar. I visit Houston. Have family there. My cousin is a huge Rockets fan. We talk ball all the time. On the morning show on espn 10-12 they’ve talked about it plenty of times. You are going to learn the hard way. I do t lie. I don’t need to make points. And I don’t care who responds. I comment on facts. I can find them all over. Like you being the dude you are .
link to houston.sportsmap.com
Just so you can swallow more facts. I’ve been pushing Wood since he took over Drummond. Cause Knicks scouted him. So did I in my own way. And I was the first to push Wood as a good big here on HoopsRumors . You can ask the Rocket Homer. Although I doubt he’ll be honest about it. I taught him about Wood. And the posts are here dated. So I don’t need anyone to tell the truth about ball. I tell it as I see it. So here is what you said doesn’t EXIST. And it’s been all over H-Town for about 4wks now.
WoOdS nOt 7’1″ ThOuGh
Al I cannot even tell what your point is. If you can find posts to prove your point then do so. Nobody is going to look it up for you.
Now settle down & go to bed. Obviously the Knicks’ FO was disappointing and your advice ignored, what do you expect.
I’ve never heard anyone call Whiteside a team cancer.. if anything he’s an immature goofball I think. His problem is he has no drive. The Heat basically squeezed the best out of him possible and once he got paid.. he went into neutral for life lol
I called Wood a cancer. Listen to the podcast. Just not a fan of me players or divas. Really do t know what happened to Whiteside in Miami
I forgot he was even in the league. I don’t know if that speaks more to him, or how irrelevant the Kings are.
The answer is both..lol But, he COULD be useful if motivated.
Jazz quietly having solid FA signings.
FINALLY! the Gobert and Whiteside backup.. two years ago he was top shot blocker and second in rebounds behind Gobert. JAZZ