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Report: Hassan Whiteside focused on Heat and Mavericks in free agency

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DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat takes a shot against JaVale McGee #11 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first half at American Airlines Center on February 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The Mavericks reportedly plan to offer Hassan Whiteside a max contract as soon as free agency officially begins.

He hopes to pick his next team soon after.

You can see where this is headed.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Clearly, free agency has already begun. Teams flaunt the NBA’s tampering rules all the time. I have no problem with that other than when the league selectively enforces the rules and sometimes punishes teams.

Anyway, if the Mavericks secure a commitment from Whiteside, they could use it to pitch Mike Conley. Adding both would be a major coup for Dallas.

It’s getting harder to see Miami interrupting the first step of the plan. The Heat don’t meet with Kevin Durant -- their reported top offseason priority - - until Sunday. They also have to figure out how to pay Dwyane Wade. And they’d need cap space to re-sign Whiteside and can’t offer him a fifth year (though they can offer higher raises).

If Miami asks Whiteside to hang tight while it handles other business, will he listen? Or will he just lock in with the Mavericks?