Hassan Whiteside (2021)
Hassan Whiteside is probably the banner player for the Miami Heat when it comes to their reclamation projects. They took a big that was out of the league and hanging on in the G League to a $100 million player. After falling out of grace in Miami, Whiteside tried to hand on in the league elsewhere, with one of his final spots being with the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz signed Whiteside just before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season.
Whiteside operated as the backup for Rudy Gobert in Utah and actually had his moments. For as limited as he was at this point in his career, Whiteside still managed to sign 1.6 blocks per game – which was good enough for the top 10 in the league. Whiteside also managed to average eight points and eight rebounds but at hit point in his career, as the math for big men quickly changed, was more of a liability when he was on the floor.
After the 2021-22 NBA season, with not much free-agent interest, Whiteside elected to move on from the Association and signed with a professional basketball league in Puerto Rico. We’ve probably seen the last of Whiteside in the NBA.