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Report: Sacramento Kings have shown interest in free agent Hassan Whiteside

We don't get it either.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN and as confirmed by James Ham of NBCS, the Sacramento Kings have shown some interest in signing Hassan Whiteside in the coming days.

Whiteside is a familiar name to Kings fans, as he was drafted 33rd overall by the franchise in the 2010 draft, but his inability to take the game of basketball seriously hampered his ability to contribute in Sacramento. After a couple of years completely out of the league, Whiteside has made a bit of a comeback. In his first season with the Portland Trail Blazers last year, the 30-year old averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds, while also leading the NBA in shots blocked per game at  2.9, the second time he’s accomplished that in his career.

When looking at his raw numbers, Whiteside may look like an attractive free agent option for the Kings, but his impact on a night-to-night basis is neutral at best. He chases rejections rather than truly playing defense, and he’s garnered a reputation around the league as a bit of an enigma on and off of the court. As a reminder, the Kings only have the non-taxpayer mid-level exception to spend, outside of a sign-and-trade, meaning the maximum that they could offer Whiteside would be around $9.5 million.

We’ll keep this story updated as the afternoon progresses.

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Klam
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13 days ago

That article picture is like the perfect reaction photo to the news.

richie88
13 days ago
Reply to  Klam

It’s also perfect for the BB8 situation.

RobHessing
13 days ago

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HumboldtCPA
13 days ago

No thank you!

Inthestarz
13 days ago

His impact numbers were better than I thought

RobHessing
13 days ago
Reply to  Inthestarz

I would define them as counting stats and not impact numbers, as he truly had little impact on games last year.

RORDOG
13 days ago

To be fair, Whiteside’s net on/off was a +8 per 100 in ~2000 minutes this season.

andy_sims
13 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

For a one-and-one with a team option, sure. Or are MLE deals automatically two years?

RobHessing
13 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Do you think that this one stat sums up his play? I do not. I think that he is a more expensive Reggie Evans, a player that is interested in getting his with little concern for the outcome of the game. He’s WCS on steroids – if he’s not getting his dap on the offensive end he all but disappears.

RORDOG
13 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

I just think this may not be completely accurate:

Whiteside may look like an attractive free agent option for the Kings, but his impact on a night-to-night basis is neutral at best.

Teams have been better when he’s been on the floor basically every season except for 2017-2018.

RobHessing
13 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Sorry, not sold at all. Also, there is on the floor and off the floor, and the sum of that makes him a negative for this team, in my opinion. Lazy, selfish, and does not need to be within 100 miles of this roster.

I don’t have strong takes about many players, but Whiteside is on that short list. Wrong guy for this team. No need.

andy_sims
13 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

So not Golden State, either?

RobHessing
13 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

Touché.

JoeNoSay
13 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

His team, or the opposing one?

SierraSpartan
13 days ago

Guess we need to get these back out again…

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Kosta
13 days ago

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Klam
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13 days ago
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ZillersCat
13 days ago
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richie88
13 days ago
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AirmaxPG
13 days ago

If we’re bringing back former Kings, can it PLEASE be Isaiah Thomas?

andy_sims
13 days ago
Reply to  AirmaxPG

Jeez, at least Whiteside can still walk.

RobHessing
13 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

…and I hope he does.

AirmaxPG
13 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

The long layoff may have been to IT’s benefit. Finally had surgery on that hip early in the year. As recently as early November he was working out with the likes of Lavine and Chriss. I’d at least give him a look.

154-98
13 days ago

But why?

Is Boogie not available?

154-98
13 days ago
Reply to  154-98

Aw crap, I forgot there’s no sarcasm font

RAP87
13 days ago

Better spend that money elsewhere Kings!

ForKingsandCountry
13 days ago

Helllllllllllllllll Noooooooooo.

andy_sims
13 days ago

FOX GOT THE MAX SHEET

andy_sims
13 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

Five years, $163 million!

YAAAAAAAAAAS, King!

AllHailBurton
13 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

My shocked face -_-

AllHailBurton
13 days ago

Nope. No. Nah. NA-uh. Nada. Negative. Nein. Yeah-no. Although in retrospect it was a mistake to drop his rookie deal without anything in return. His attitude is not needed here. Resign Lin for pennies on the dollar if u need a rim protector/traditional center.

Timmy_13
13 days ago

Let’s just leave it at that. Just a rumor.

Kingsguru21
13 days ago

It’s all your fault, Tim. You did this. Now make it right and make it go away!

13 days ago

Tim, I cannot thank you enough for the belly laugh when I read “We don’t get it either.” It made my day.

RikSmits
13 days ago

The worst part about this IMO is that it seems to indicate a wish for a quick turnaround instead of a patient rebuild.
we should only sign young upside players and collect lottery balls this next season.

WillyTrill
12 days ago

Not certain what analytics say about him, but Hassan had a $50k assault rifle stolen from him after he forgot to lock his Rolls Royce sitting in the U parking lot. The man is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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1damutt
12 days ago

1 Question:
Why for the love of all things big and small, would we even consider Hassan Whiteside, when Alex Len is sitting out there? Alex Len is 10 times the player Whiteside is and shows up ready to rock-n-roll.

1damutt
12 days ago
Reply to  1damutt

Here’s a test….out of these 5 players rank your top 4 in order
Richaun Holmes
Alex Len
Harry Giles
(Insert your own name)
Hassan Whiteside

I bet Hassan didnt even make your top 4 out of that list

born_free
12 days ago

No thank you.

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