Utah Jazz sign Rudy Gay and Hassan Whiteside
Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Rudy Gay and center Hassan Whiteside. According to team policy, the terms of the agreements have not been released.
Gay (6-8, 240, Connecticut) played 63 games (one start) in 2020-21 with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21, 6 minutes per game.
“Rudy brings a valuable veteran presence to Jazz, which will only improve our group as it continues to evolve,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “He has proven to be one of the most consistent players in the NBA over his 15 year career and we are delighted that he is joining our club.”
Heading into his 16th NBA season, he has career averages of 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals with Memphis (2006-12), Sacramento (2013-17 ) and San Antonio (2018-21) in 1,009 games (778 starts). ) and became one of 26 players in NBA history to total more than 16,000 career points, 5,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals in 1,000 NBA games played. With 16,903 career points, the Baltimore, Maryland native currently ranks 99th in NBA history.
Originally drafted as the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, Gay won the 2006-07 All-NBA Rookie First Team honors after his first professional season. He also represented the United States Men’s National Team at the 2010 FIBA World Cup and the 2014 FIBA World Cup, helping both teams win gold medals.
Whiteside (7-0, 265, Marshall) played 36 games (four starts) with the Sacramento Kings during the 2020-21 season, averaging 8.1 points on 56.3% of the field, 6, 0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15.2 minutes per game.
“Hassan is one of the most physically gifted players in the game today and has a wealth of valuable professional basketball experience,” said Jazz general manager Justin Zanik. “We are delighted to add someone with his skills and believe he fits our current roster perfectly.”
The Gastonia, North Carolina native played nine seasons in the NBA with career averages of 13.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 446 games (324 starts) with Sacramento (2010-12 and 2020-21), Miami (2014-19) and Portland (2019-20). He was named to the 2015-16 NBA Second Defensive Team and twice led the NBA in blocks (2015-16 and 2019-20), also leading the NBA in rebounds in 2016-17. Of the league’s last 10 triple-doubles with rebound blocking, Whiteside has four of those performances.
Originally drafted by Sacramento with the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, he has additional professional experience, playing in the G League with the Reno Bighorns (2010-12), Sioux Falls SkyForce (2012-13 and 2014- 15), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2012-13) and Iowa Wolves (2014-15). He played for Lebanese A-Division club Amchit in 2012-13 and Al Moutahed Tripoli in 2013-14, where he averaged 20.6 points with 54.3% shots, 14.8 rebounds and 4, 1 blocks per game.