Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside had burst out of nowhere in the NBA last 201415 season. The 2013 NBA D-League champion has, in a way or another, filled the void left on the Heat’s “Big Three” with Lebron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Whiteside will be a free-agent this coming summer and could possible yank in more value for his potential than the under-a-million contract he has with the Heat.
The L.A. Lakers, which has had the league’s second-worst record ahead of perennial doormat Philadelphia 76ers, has been eyeing the 7-foot center in their bucket list of potential draws, especially now that a Kevin Durant trade pitch is such a pipe dream.
According to Screen and Roll, with the streak-shooting swingman out of the picture, the Lakers will just have to settle on a rabid rim protector for the coming free agency this summer. Whiteside is a young Dwight Howard without the diva pretensions, the 26-year-old is a throwback post-player who does all the dirty work inside the shaded line. Whiteside is a sensible chip to add, especially if the purple-and-gold will let go of a now redundant Roy Hibbert.
In the statistical record via Basketball Reference, Whiteside for this season had an average of 15.4 points, 3.9 offensive rebounds, 10.1 defensive rebounds, and 4.8 blocks per outing in the 2016 season. Quite a far cry from Hibbert’s measly performance, who has been struggling to return to his old “Indiana Pacers” form.
The Lakers can certainly bring back their glory days one step at a time with Whiteside in a starting roster at center alongside power forward Julius Randle, shooting guard Jordan Clarkson and small forward Larry Nance Jr.
Whiteside recently has been on the backlash from Heat fans, according to an NBA Instagram. The athelete somehow blew his top and had an online altercation with fans regarding his relevance to the Heat squad.