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.
To confirm, I have heard a rumor of Kings potential interest in Hassan Whiteside, as @WindhorstESPN just reported. Not sure how serious the interest is, but that rumors is out there.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) November 20, 2020
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.