Sorry for the delay in posting this. It’s rough being a superhero in your spare time. If you only knew just how many cats get stuck in trees on a daily basis…
Anyway, the Kings signed their second round draft pick Hassan Whiteside yesterday (well, at least it was announced yesterday) to a 4 year deal worth 3.8 million with the last two years being team options. This is essentially a near identical contract that the Spurs DeJuan Blair received last season after falling into the second round. The one downfall of the contract, with Whiteside being a second round pick and all, means once his contract is up (assuming the Kings pick up both options, something they’d do if he develops) he will be an unrestricted free agent, something you don’t see much of when players come off of their rookie deals. Mostly because you don’t see second round draft picks get four years in length on their initial rookie contract.
Personally, I think it’s a great move. Whiteside has tons of potential and really should not have fallen as far as he did, especially with the players taken before him. Locking him up for the next four seasons at an extremely reasonable price is a coup. Another solid move by the Kings front office.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear kittens meowing in fear.
Up up, and away.