Hassan Whiteside, Kings Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract in 2020 Free Agency

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers' Hassan Whiteside reacts after missing a wide-open dunk after being fouled by the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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Hassan Whiteside and the Sacramento Kings agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reported the deal will be for the veteran's minimum, which will put Whiteside's salary at $2.32 million for 2020-21.

Whiteside spent last season in Portland after being traded by the Miami Heat, averaging 16.3 points, 14.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. His counting stats were perhaps the best of his career, and the Blazers were significantly better when he was on the floor.

The trade from Miami to Portland appeared to be a motivating factor after he fell out of favor with Heat management late in his tenure. 

"I'm just out there longer," Whiteside told reporters in January. "I'm just out there playing 30 minutes a game. I never felt like my production changed. You guys know better than me. Y'all can run the 36 per minutes. You can run it every year for my NBA career and it's going to pretty much stay around the same, but I just think it's just more minutes and we need every one of them."

Whiteside's arrival in Sacramento represents a homecoming, as the Marshall product was a second-round pick to the Kings in 2010. He played three seasons with the franchise before beginning a two-year odyssey that nearly saw his career end before he latched on with the Miami Heat.

Whiteside's market in free agency was always going to be somewhat limited due to his skill set and reputation for inconsistent effort. Seven footers who can't stretch the floor are less valued now than at any time in NBA history given the proliferation of three-pointers and emphasis on spacing.

Nevertheless, Whiteside proved he can still be effective last season and locking him to this type of deal minimizes the risk.