Kings signing Whiteside to 1-year deal

Ruben Hill
November 26, 2020

The Sacramento Kings are signing the center to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Whiteside began his National Basketball Association career with the Kings as the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft.

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).

While Whiteside put up good numbers with the Blazers, the team let him walk in free agency after acquiring Enes Kanter from the Boston Celtics.

Whiteside gives the Kings a center who can match up with the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic, Karl-Anthony Towns and more. Whiteside returned to the National Basketball Association in 2014 with the Miami Heat, where he blossomed into one of the most active centers in the league.

At least the Kings signed point guard De'Aaron Fox to a lucrative rookie-scale extension, though. He played sparingly over his first two National Basketball Association seasons before the organization waived him.

The Kings haven't made the playoffs since the all the way back in 2006. Whiteside is also a shot blocker and rebounder, two areas the Kings need to bolster.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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