You can never have too many big men.
Center Hassan Whiteside, who played for the Sacramento Kings last season, is set to have a workout session with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whiteside is not your average NBA center. As a college player at Marshall, Whiteside averaged an astounding 5.4 blocks per game during the 2010 season. In his first two seasons in the NBA, Hassan has only been able to play 19 games due to nagging injuries and hasn’t really been able to display all of his talents and skills to the NBA world.
Timberwolves scout, Milton Barnes, was attracted to Whiteside during a recent pickup game and quickly informed the Timberwolves’ officials to work out with him and see if he’s worth taking.
Whiteside has arrived in the Land of 10,000 Lakes yesterday and will begin workout today with the Timberwolves training staff and possibly head coach Rick Adelman.
Hassan Whiteside was drafted into the NBA in 2010 by the Sacramento Kings as the 33rd pick in the draft. During the early start of his rookie year, Whiteside was assigned to the Kings’ D-League affiliate team, the Reno Bighorns. Fortunately, Whiteside was called back to Sacramento but fell into injury which forced him to only play one game during his entire rookie season.
The young rookie had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee in March 2011. Whiteside was then moved back into the D-League by the Kings but eventually was called back once again to play 18 games. Unfortunately for the second year NBA big man, Whiteside was waived by the Kings in order for the team to acquire guard Aaron Brooks, who spent last season in China.
In his 18 games played last season, Hassan Whiteside average 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
This off-season, Whiteside has been working out with now-free agent forward Andray Blatche, another forward the Timberwolves should look into in my opinion. The Wolves are still on the hunt for another big man to join Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Dante Cunningham. The purpose of adding another big man is to make Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Williams stick with playing the small forward position. The Timberwolves are trying to pick up a big man before training camp begins on October 2. Minnesota has a veteran’s minimum left to offer to any fee agent.