Whiteside is an elite rim protector and excellent rebounder. He also largely typifies a bygone era of big men. In an ever increasing demand for versatility from all players, Whiteside is largely viewed as a relic. That relic is still a pretty good basketball player though and is expected to be in demand. He will not be able to command top dollar but will still likely get a decent payday. With a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, the TrailBlazers likely feel Whiteside’s particular set of skills are not needed, so re-signing him seems doubtful to happen here. There are several potential landing spots for Whiteside, but the marriage that makes the most sense for both sides seem to be with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Clint is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, and contributed to various sports publications prior to his work with Upside Hoops.