17. Hassan Whiteside — Signs With The Kings
Indications that the Whiteside/Heat marriage were over can be traced back to the 2017 NBA Draft. At the time, it didn’t make a whole lot sense why Miami spent a first-round pick on Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo. The two players shared similar characteristics, and it was unlikely they’d share the floor together. By the end of the season, Adebayo had usurped a chunk of Whiteside’s minutes, and the writing was on the wall.
The relationship between Whiteside and the Heat seems irreparable. He’s essentially the exact type of player that Erik Spoelstra would typically loathe — complains about touches, doesn’t pass, hunts for blocks. The Heat would be better off handing Adebayo the starting role, making Whiteside a likely candidate to opt out of the final year of his deal and become a free agent in 2019.
Does Whiteside make sense for the Kings? Absolutely not. Truthfully, Marvin Bagley should immediately be moved to center (unless the Harry Giles project works out), as his skill-set is better suited in the middle. However, the Kings have a ton of money, and will be forced to make a splash. The brain trust of Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadivé can point to Whiteside’s high rebounding totals and his spot on the All-Defensive Team a year ago.
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