The deal is not without precedent.
Whiteside's precise salary breakdown was not available, but the compensation package is similar to the one given to DeJuan Blair, who was taken by the San Antonio Spurs at No. 37 - four spots after Whiteside - in the 2009 draft.
Blair earned $850,000 this past season and is scheduled to take in $918,000 in 2010-11. The third and fourth team option years are for $986,000 and $1.054 million, respectively, but Blair could sign a more lucrative extension before the team options are exercised.
Whiteside could do the same in two years, depending on his development and productivity. Whiteside will be 23 when the guaranteed years of his contract are exhausted, but the Kings could keep him on the cheap until he turns 25 and enters free agency, or lock the one-and-done collegian up if he fulfills his immense promise.
Whiteside could still end up playing for the Reno Bighorns, the Kings' NBDL affiliate, but it will be at his six-figure NBA salary. His salary is fixed no matter where, or how often, he plays.
Whiteside, who will wear jersey No. 33 as a reminder of his naysayers, could also end up following Blair's blueprint in more than contractual ways.
Blair tumbled out of the first round a year ago because of health concerns (it is believed he does not have an ACL in either knee); Whiteside plummeted, in part, because of questions about his maturity and readiness for the NBA.
The Spurs believed in Blair, and the former Pitt star and co-Big East Player of the Year rewarded the franchise with 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his rookie season. Blair didn't miss a single game (82 regular season and 10 postseason) and altered the perceptions about his health and long-term future in the league.
The Kings have given Whiteside the security and opportunity to do the same.
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WHITESIDE MADE his NBA Summer League debut with the Kings on Monday. He scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots in 28 minutes.
On one of his blocks, Whiteside came from the left side of the floor and grabbed - not swatted away - a shot by Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye.
Whiteside's former frontcourt teammate at Marshall, Tyler Wilkerson, scored six points and pulled down five rebounds in 21 minutes for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.
The Kings will play a total of six games this week and the Spurs five, but Whiteside and Wilkerson won't face each other.
Contact sportswriter Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712.