2 Shunned Longtime NBA Vets Sign In Puerto Rico

Two longtime free agent NBA veterans who have been shunned this season by teams across the league have now chosen to team up on the Piratas de Quebradillas in the top professional league in Puerto Rico.

Hassan Whiteside, 33, has spent 10 years in the NBA as an elite rebounder and rim-protector. He's played for four different teams and holds career marks of 12.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and a whopping 2.2 blocks per game. Last season, he appeared in 65 games for the Utah Jazz backing up Rudy Gobert. He averaged 8.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 18 minutes per game. 

He became a free agent last summer but was unable to generate any interest from an NBA team this season.

31-year-old Brandon Knight has had a nine-year career, last playing in the 2021-22 season on a couple of 10-day contracts with the Dallas Mavericks for five games after sitting out the previous season. Throughout his career in the NBA, he's averaged 14.0 points and 3.9 assists. He, too, spent another season this year as a free agent with no takers. 

Now they'll team up to provide reinforcements for their new squad in Puerto Rico.

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