Hassan Whiteside Rumors

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Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside
Position: C
Born: 06/13/89
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $27,093,018
Musselman was in the middle of his first year coaching the Reno Bighorns, and his team was toward the end of a 110-96 win over the Idaho Stampede. Musselman’s squad was relatively loaded, featuring future NBA regulars in Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, Hassan Whiteside and Steve Novak. During his lone year in Reno, Musselman, now the University of Arkansas coach, led a team that still has its fingerprints on the NBA nearly a decade later, from the court to front offices.
Novak remembers Lin talking about how Musselman let him play through his mistakes, and improve his point guard vision and offensive game. For Green, who came in low on confidence, that was all he needed to hear. “(Musselman) really vouched for me,” Green said. “He really let me play free. He really let me do my thing. The day I got in, he asked me how things were going, he incorporated me into a lot of stuff, but he was tenacious. He got after it. He talked his trash to opponents. He was a tough son of a gun.”
With the NBA season at a standstill, agencies quickly switched gears and focused attention on entering clients in gaming competitions. “We worked closely with the NBPA to enter our guys into the NBA 2K Players Tournament,” Excel Sports Management’s Davis said. Four of the agency’s clients — DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside and Harrison Barnes — competed. “The reason why a lot of these guys were really inclined is it was a way to connect with fans and they are into playing the game.”
During his run to the semis, Beverley gave everyone watching at home a taste of the nonstop motor on his mouth, with his trash talking often going viral during wins over Portland’s Hassan Whiteside and Cleveland’s Andre Drummond. Before their matchup, Beverley told Drummond that he had been “working out like a madman” during the quarantine. “I already know, you have no off switch, man,” Drummond said.
At one point when Whiteside messed up an alley-oop attempt while using LeBron James in the video game, Beverley even found a way to talk trash to virtual LeBron. “Video game James, he’s got some years on him now,” Beverley said. “He can’t just be jumping all over the rim now.” When Whiteside said that Giannis Antetokounmpo is like “a cheat code” in the video game, Beverley quickly corrected Whiteside. “It ain’t Giannis playing, I’m controlling him,” Beverley said. “So I’m just a cheat code.”
“If you ever want to see an example of Pat being quiet, you watch the first couple minutes of that game against Hassan Whiteside [and] guys are texting like, ‘What’s wrong with Pat?'” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said last week about teammates watching Beverley play. “‘Is Pat sick? Is Pat under the weather? Does the volume not work on Pat’s control?’ And then all of a sudden, he started to get a little rhythm.” And everyone else got to see in this NBA 2K Players Tournament what the Clippers see on a daily basis. “Pat was back being Pat,” Frank said.
That tournament kicked off with four games Friday. Four of the 16 participants moved on, and the results were as follows: No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. 78, No. 1 Kevin Durant 62. No. 10 DeAndre Ayton 57, No. 7 Zach LaVine 41. No. 2 Trae Young 101, No. 15 Harrison Barnes 59. No. 14 Patrick Beverley 84, No. 3 Hassan Whiteside 54. With one day of games in the books, here are our biggest takeaways from the NBA’s attempt to provide fans with some sort of live content while actual games remain on hiatus.
Storyline: NBA 2K League
The Bosnian Beast will most likely be on a minutes restriction, at least for the first handful of games as he works his way back into game shape. Thus, Whiteside will probably play starter’s minutes even if he isn’t out on the floor when the ball is tipped. But, could the Blazers go with the Twin Towers and play both centers together? Whiteside thinks so. I think it’ll be good. Melo posts up 80% of the time, so it’s not going to be a spacing issue or anything. I think we’ll be a force out there. Even when we’re in a game, I think we can play minutes together and then we can rotate in and out. — Trail Blazers big man Hassan Whiteside on playing alongside Jusuf Nurkic
It will be the first time Nurkic will get to play with Hassan Whiteside, the center Portland traded for in the offseason as a placeholder and who is currently leading the league in blocks at 3.1 per game. “He’s my teammate,” Nurkic told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t know the plans going forward, but my mind is on how I’m going to help this team make the playoffs. We just need to sacrifice our games for the team’s good, do the little things that don’t show on the stat sheet and put our games together for possibly the playoffs. We have a chance, and when you have a chance, you’ve got to go get it.”
In his last six, Whiteside has made 75 percent of his shots from the field, averaged 19 points and 14.8 rebounds per game while blocking 4.3 shots. But still, there is the trade talk. The asset the Trail Blazers have that seems the most tradeable is that contract of his that expires at the end of this season. Trades are very disruptive things for players. Has it been a concern?
Storyline: Hassan Whiteside Trade?
Whiteside is having an outstanding season. He’s shooting 61.1 percent from the floor, averaging 16 points and 14.1 rebounds per game along with a league-leading 3.1 blocked shots. All of those figures are higher than his career averages were, heading into this season. “It’s definitely the best I’ve played, overall,” he said. “I feel like every season I’m getting better. Being with guys like CJ and Dame makes it easier for me. “And I’m playing the minutes. The last two years in Miami, I was playing 23 minutes. Now I’m back to playing 30 minutes.”
Does he ever think about NOT getting traded, about being here the rest of the season and maybe even next year? “Yeah,” he said. “For sure. It’s definitely something I’ve thought about and something I want. “But it’s not all up to me. I would love to play back with CJ and Dame. I’ve known those guys for four or five years. Great guys. “I’m building chemistry with this coaching staff. I really like this coaching staff. I’m enjoying Portland. It’s going to start heating up around here soon. “I’m excited about it.”
Storyline: Hassan Whiteside Trade?
She blamed that change of course, among other things, to a breakdown in conversations with city leaders, and a misunderstanding about the logic of investing so much money in an aging, 53-year-old building. “It’s something that snowballed and got bigger than what we wanted it to be,” said Debbie Whiteside. “So I told Hassan I didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do anymore.”
Whiteside said she and her son came to the conclusion that it would make more sense to help the Gastonia community in other yet-to-be-determined ways. For example, they are currently buying basketball shoes for players on an Amateur Athletic Union team in Charlotte, she said. Whiteside said her son hasn’t been able to focus on that lately, since he just had his first child in 2018, then was traded to Portland in July and is trying to get settled into a new house.