Whitehead signs for $1.1 million to play in Russia
by Bryan Fonseca
Aug 08, 2018 | 4778 views | 0 0 comments | 403 403 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a move that provides short-term financial security over an outside shot at making an NBA team for the immediate future, former Brooklyn Net guard and Coney Island native Isaiah Whitehead has signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal to play for Lokomotiv Kuban in the Russian Professional Basketball League.

First reported by HoopsHype, Whitehead tweeted the information on Twitter, adding the caption, “Know your worth.”

“I’m glad that I will play for Loko,” he said. “This is an excellent organization with amazing fans and a modern arena. I look forward to the beginning of the season.”

In two NBA seasons with the Nets, the 2016 second-round draft pick, whom the Nets traded up for, logged 73 games, starting 26, for the NBA’s worst team (by record) in 2016-17, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 assists in 22.5 minutes per contest.

Last season, as the Nets improved and added depth at guard, Whitehead was sparingly exposed to NBA minutes, only playing 16 games and averaging 11.3 minutes per appearance, though, he scored 6.3 points per game, or 20 points per 36 minutes.

Whitehead spent most of his 2017-18 with the G League Long Island Nets, scoring 22.3 points and dishing out 3.6 assists over 30 games 24 starts, where he averaged 28.7 minutes.

The Abraham Lincoln High School alum was traded last month to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and draft picks, including a top-12 protected first rounder in 2019.

Whitehead, who was then subsequently waived by Denver, plans on making an NBA return the following season, according to sources close to the 6’4” guard.
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