Stop me if you have heard this before, but the New York Knicks are interested in securing a center for the 15th and final roster spot, and the long, circuitous route to land one has them linked with Hassan Whiteside now.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, the active big man is receiving interest from not only the Knicks, but the Bucks and the Heat as well.
The Knicks, Bucks and Heat are among the teams that have expressed interest in free agent Hassan Whiteside, according to a source.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 4, 2013
This is really nothing to get excited about here, but like we have been lamenting here at Knicks101 for months, at least Whiteside has some height and some upside-despite how limited it is.
Whiteside, 7’0” 235 lbs, was the Sacramento Kings second-round pick out of Marshall in 2010 (33rd overall). He played for the Kings from 2010-2012 (appearing in only 19 games). He averaged a modest 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in his two years with Kings.
Since then, Whiteside has bounced around the D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and playing overseas. He had stints with the Amchit Club in Lebanon and with the Sichuan Jinqiang (NBL) in China. According to Wikipedia, Whiteside played in 27 games with Sichuan Jinqiang and helped lead them to a finals appearance.
Again, nothing to be too excited about here. With the names being bandied together (Hamed Haddadi, Louis Amundson, Earl Barron, etc.), you can’t help but think the Knicks just want some organizational depth at center in case of an emergency. You’re not getting the next Marc Gasol here (BTW, boy does that sound good in the future, though).
On the other hand Matt Agne made a good point about ignoring the center spot for the final roster spot, as the Knicks do have some flexible options that can play center in a pinch.
In any event, let’s hope the Knicks sign someone soon so we can stop speculating on this any longer. That said, don’t expect any sexy names to come up. The Knicks will likely settle on one these raw, middling centers soon enough.
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