Free Agency 2020

Report: Hassan Whiteside agrees to one-year deal with Sacramento Kings

Hassan Whiteside is reportedly set to return where his NBA career began.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Whiteside has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Whiteside, who is set to enter his ninth NBA season, was selected with the No. 33 overall pick by the Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft, spending the first 19 games of his career with Sacramento.

The 31-year-old spent the 2019-20 season with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he posted averages of 15.5 points, 13.5 points and a league-leading 2.9 blocks over 67 regular-season games (61 starts).

In the 2020 postseason, Whiteside saw his role reduced, as he started in three of five games, averaging 6.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game.

He joins a Kings team that currently features a big man rotation of Marvin Bagley III, Nemanja Bjelica, Richaun Holmes and Jabari Parker, none of whom are listed as centres.

Last season, Sacramento missed the NBA Playoffs by three games with a 31-41 record. This offseason, the team has hired a new general manager in Monte McNair, signed franchise point guard De'Aaron Fox to a maximum extension and drafted guard Tyrese Haliburton with the No. 12 overall pick.

Whiteside looks to do his part in helping the Kings snap a league-high 14-year postseason drought.

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