NBA Rumors: Trail Blazers prefer Hassan Whiteside over Dwight Howard; Allen Crabbe draws interest in free agency

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Hassan Whiteside (Photo Courtesy: @youngwhiteside/Twitter)

Hassan Whiteside is one of the top three free agents this summer. Despite a severe competition in the market to acquire him, the Portland Trail Blazers are preferring Whiteside over Dwight Howard.

The Trail Blazers are heading into the free agency with tons of cap space and are eyeing to upgrade their frontcourt. Portland set sights on Houston Rockets’ big man Dwight Howard initially, but according to Howard Beck of the Bleacher Report, their first preference is Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside.

Portland side is guided by the brilliance of point guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They need a big man to anchor the frontcourt, and the Heat center is the best available option on the market in this regard.

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Why Whiteside, not Howard?

30-year-old Howard has been inconsistent in his NBA career. Whiteside surely will be much more expensive than the Rockets’ big man, but he is three years younger, an elite shot blocker and is more capable of delivering offensively than Howard.

Whether the Blazers can land any of the two big men in Northwest remains to be seen.

Allen Crabbe draws interest

Portland free agent wing Allen Crabbe is drawing the interest of many teams in the market, according to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley.

Crabbe is a restricted free agent. Even New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson wants to have a go at the 24-year-old wing.

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Crabbe is coming off his career best season in Portland and has shot 38.6 percent of his three-pointers during his three NBA seasons

Photo Courtesy: @youngwhiteside/Twitter

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