Hassan Whiteside has opted to remain with the Miami Heat, believed to be close to signing a four-year maximum contract worth upwards of $98 million.
The Players Tribune posted his announcement after he’d had two meetings with the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks:
“I’ve played on eight teams since college — from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China,” Whiteside wrote on Players Tribune. “I am not ready for there to be a ninth. I have decided to re-sign with Miami. I just wanted to take this time to tell all the fans how much you mean to this team, and to me. Can’t wait to get back to work and try to bring another championship to Miami.”
Whiteside has essentially travelled the world in search of a destination to exhibit his talents, spending time in Lebanon and China. But in 2014 the Miami Heat came calling and within only a month he proved to be a revelation. January 11th marked the first moment when the NBA began to take notice, with Whiteside delivering a monstrous stat-line versus the Los Angeles Clippers. This trend continued as he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in the following season.
A player breaking out from a long period of obscurity in the NBA is very rare, but Miami’s Team President Pat Riley has done well to keep Hassan Whiteside as he has developed into one of the most dominant big men in the league today. This keeps their plans intact of competing in the Eastern Conference, particularly when considering the uncertainty surrounding Chris Bosh’s health.