Hassan Whiteside says he’s re-signing with Heat
So much for the Mavericks becoming the frontrunner and the Heat losing ground on Hassan Whiteside.
Pat Riley called Whiteside the Heat’s top priority, and it’s easy to see why. The 27-year-old center is a beast scoring inside, and he blocks a lot of shots. He has also grown defensively and must continue to improve on that end.
The big question in Miami now: What happens to Dwyane Wade? The Heat had just about $40 million available for Whiteside and Wade, and Whiteside’s max salary projects to be about $22 million. Is the leftover amount enough for Wade, who’s agitating for a better contract?
The Mavericks also face questions after getting spurned by another big-time free agent. At least, this time, the player never committed to signing with the team (at least as far as we know).