After being drafted by the Nets in 2016, Whiteside found very little NBA success and ended up signing on with the Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban in August on 2018. Now, after parting ways with the club just over a week ago, Whitehead is going to get another chance at the NBA in Detroit. The Pistons, however, are very deep in the backcourt, so Whitehead will likely be spending majority of 2019 with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League.
Whitehead and Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban mutually agreed to part ways Monday.
After logging 89 appearances with the Nets over the past two seasons, Whitehead moved overseas in August after failing to attract much interest from NBA teams. During his tenure with Lokomotiv Kuban, Whitehead averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 assists per game in VTB United League play. It's unclear if his departure from the club will result in him returning to North America to find work or if he'll continue to play in the foreign ranks.
Whitehead has agreed to join Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban, Emiliano Carchia of Sportnado reports.
After playing 1,600 minutes for the Nets during his 2016-17 rookie campaign, he spent most of last season in the G-League, where he was able to post 22.3 points per game. Despite the quality play, he wasn't able to land a significant contract at the NBA level for 2018-19, opting to go overseas.
Whitehead (wrist) was traded to the Nuggets on Thursday in exchange for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a protected 2019 first-round pick and a future second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN Denver intends to waive Whitehead, per Wojnarowski.
Whitehead suited up in only 16 games for the Nets in his second NBA season, spending much of his time on the G League or on the sideline while recovering from injury. He now finds himself on one end of a massive salary dump, as the Nuggets will save $21 million in salary by dealing away Faried and Arthur. Whitehead is still recovering from the wrist surgery he underwent in April and will look to find his way onto an NBA roster after clearing waivers.
Whitehead is on the mend for April wrist surgery and won't be available for the summer league, so the Nets want to wait until he gets healthier before determining whether he's worth retaining heading into the upcoming campaign. The 23-year-old saw his numbers drop across the board in his second season, finishing 2017-18 with averages of 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 11.3 minutes per game over just 16 appearances.
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