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Hassan Whiteside | Center | #21

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 235
College: Marshall
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (3) / SAC
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Hassan Whiteside would like to re-sign with the Heat, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
According to Kyler, Whiteside would prefer to stay in Miami, but knows the NBA is a business and will listen to all offers. Whiteside will receive plenty of interest as one of the better unrestricted free agents on the market and should go off the board in the first round of 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Jun 28 - 9:28 AM

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Hassan Whiteside said he doesn't believe his impending free agent decision is "about loyalty."

"I think it's just about the best situation for myself and that's what I think it is," he said. After stating that he hoped to have his free agent decision in place by July 1, it's looking like we could have our answer on his future sooner rather than later. For what it's worth, Whiteside also acknowledged that Pat Riley and the Heat—who have called Whiteside their No. 1 priority—have already been in contact him about his future. "We had a meeting and we talked and it went good. And we'll see what happens." ESPN previously reported that the Lakers plan to pursue Whiteside aggressively, while the Mavericks and perhaps the Blazers are expected to enter the mix, as well. Whiteside said he's open to different options and would not commit to Miami if all things were equal, and it's further complicated by the fact that the Heat could attempt to sell Whiteside on the future at a perceived discount. As an aside, Whiteside's knee is fine and will not require surgery.
Jun 27 - 10:46 AM

Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor.
Jun 26 - 4:11 PM

The Lakers plan to "aggressively pursue" Hassan Whiteside in free agency, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

In other words, it sounds like they might offer him a max contract. The Lakers have a gaping hole at center with Julius Randle logging the overwhelming majority of his minutes at power forward, so they will be investing most of their cap space on a center. The Heat have made him their top priority and are likely the frontrunner to have him next year.
Jun 25 - 2:22 PM

Hassan Whiteside reportedly would prefer to stay with the Heat if it works out financially.

Translation: Whiteside will stay with the Heat if they offer him a max deal. The Mavs have reportedly made Whiteside one of their top free agency targets, while teams such as the Lakers and Blazers have also been linked with the big man. With the salary cap jumping up to $94 million, Whiteside is going to get his max deal.
Jun 24 - 11:01 AM

The Mavs have reportedly made Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley their top two free agency targets.

The Mavs expect to be granted a meeting with Whiteside during the early hours of free agency, and while Whiteside's preference would be to remain with Miami, other teams around the league will be able to offer him significantly more money (assuming Chris Bosh doesn't retire). Whiteside should be able to rack up first-round value regardless of his jersey. A Conley signing in Dallas would queue the end of Deron Williams' tenure with the Mavs.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 5:06 PM

Hassan Whiteside's preference is to re-sign with the Heat "if all things are equal financially," according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
May 30 - 9:10 AM

Pat Riley said that Hassan Whiteside hasn't reached his ceiling yet.

"He’s 26 years old, he’s a game changer. I don’t think he’s even reached his real ceiling in a couple of areas of the game," Riley said. "And I think that now he’ll be more comfortable once his situation ends." Riley has said that Whiteside will be the Heat's No. 1 priority this offseason, but the big man will likely be a first-round pick in fantasy next season regardless of where he lands in free agency.
May 22 - 10:01 AM

Miami Heat president Pat Riley said the team wants to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

The 26-year-old is one of the more intriguing free agent options on the market, but Riley doesn't intend on letting him leave Miami. He's obviously, I think, our No. 1 priority. Period. You don't have to look further than that," Riley said. "While there might be players out there in free agency, our No. 1 priority is Hassan Whiteside." While Whiteside may end up with a new team, he'll go into 2016-17 as a first-round fantasy target after a huge 2015-16 season.
Source: USA Today
May 19 - 12:34 PM

Pat Riley said Hassan Whiteside will be contacted at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 for free agency.

Needless to say, he's Miami's top priority. Perhaps no player increased his salary more than Whiteside, who could now be looking at a max deal. With Dwight Howard appearing to be past his prime, Whiteisde figures to be the top free agent rim protector this summer.
May 18 - 3:48 PM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) will not have surgery over the offseason.

Whiteside has a big summer ahead of him as an unrestricted free agent, so this is good news for him as he looks for his next contract. The 26-year-old was a fantasy monster in 2015-16 and likely won't make it out of the first round of 2016-17 drafts as long as he can come into camp healthy.
May 17 - 1:23 PM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) said that he is improving each day, but he wouldn't offer a timetable for a return.

The big man will travel for Game 7 on Sunday, but the Heat have already ruled him out. "I’m just kind of rehabbing and getting better each day," Whiteside said. "I don’t really have a [timeline] for you, just getting better. Each day, I do more and more stuff toward basketball." If the Heat do advance to the next round, it sounds like there's a chance Whiteside could miss some time vs. the Cavs as well. Justise Winslow and Luol Deng will see the bulk of the frontcourt minutes on Sunday with Josh McRoberts seeing minutes in the teens off the bench.
May 14 - 9:15 AM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) will not play in Game 7 at Toronto on Sunday.

The Heat are being careful with him. Whiteside getting ruled out so early suggests he might not be ready for Game 1 against the Cavs, assuming the Heat can get a road win on Sunday. It was a small-ball special on Friday with Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson stepping up. Josh McRoberts was also called on for 18 minutes.
May 13 - 11:39 PM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) is being listed as out for Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he didn't anticipate Whiteside doing anything more than rest and rehab on Friday, so it's not surprising at all to see him listed as out on the injury report. Amare Stoudemire, Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts will continue to pick up some extra minutes in Whiteside's absence, but none of those guys make for great DFS targets. Luol Deng (wrist) will likely be forced into heavy minutes, with Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade doing more on offense.

Hassan Whiteside (knee) is doubtful to play in Game 6 on Friday.

Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside has yet to progress to any on-court work, and he anticipates Whiteside continuing to do nothing but rest and rehab on Friday. Whiteside isn't even a week into his MCL injury, which is an injury that typically takes a minimum of two weeks to heal, so there's really no chance he plays again during Miami's second-round series. The Heat will use a committee approach to help fill the void left by Whiteside with Amare Stoudemire, Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts seeing an uptick in minutes.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Josh Richardson
3Tyler Johnson
4Briante Weber
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Joe Johnson
3Gerald Green
SF1Luol Deng
2Justise Winslow
3Dorell Wright
PF1Chris Bosh
2Josh McRoberts
3Udonis Haslem
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Amare Stoudemire