Community Shootaround: Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside could be the first high-level, unrestricted free agent to come off the board on Friday. That comes from Whiteside himself, who plans to decide during the first 24 hours of free agency where he’ll play next year and beyond.

The 27-year-old center, ranked No. 10 on our Free Agent Power Rankings, will have a host of pursuers and doesn’t feel any sense of loyalty to stay with the Heat. With the big jump in the salary cap and Whiteside entering the prime of his career, it might take a max deal to land the league’s premier shot blocker. Whiteside averaged a double-double last season (14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds) to go along with his 3.7 blocks per game and posted a whopping 25.7 PER.

Miami’s biggest threat for Whiteside’s services might be the Mavericks. They were the victim of DeAndre Jordan‘s last-minute change of heart last July and owner Mark Cuban is still intent on landing a quality center. Whiteside and point guard Mike Conley are reportedly their top free agent targets. With Dwight Howard heading to the free agent market, the Rockets have their eyes on Whiteside.

The Lakers also plan to enter the Whiteside sweepstakes, as league sources recently told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that Whiteside is a “priority target.” Among the other teams that have been linked to Whiteside are the Celtics, Knicks and Warriors, though Golden State would probably be hesitant to commit to Whiteside before knowing what Kevin Durant will do.

The Heat don’t have a significant advantage to hold off suitors since they only own early Bird rights on him. They’ll have to use cap space to sign him for more than the league average salary and cannot offer a fifth year on his deal. A maximum contract for Whiteside would be a four-year deal approaching $95MM.

It’s an incredible career turnaround for Whiteside, who wasn’t even in the league at the start of the 2014-15 season and only began getting regular playing time after New Year’s Day that season. He’s shown a lack of maturity at times, with several ejections during that 2014-15 season and another this February after being assessed a Flagrant Foul 2. His teammates have questioned his maturity during those instances, and it’s fair to wonder what Whiteside’s motor will be like once he gets his huge contract.

There’s no doubt, though, that Whiteside will become an extremely rich man this summer.

This leads us to our question of the day: Which team will land Heat center Hassan Whiteside in free agency?

Please take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject. We look forward to what you have to say.

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Jodie
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Jodie
2 months 28 days ago

He’s going to be a Maverick!

spazzygrantyjoe
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spazzygrantyjoe
2 months 28 days ago

He’ll go back to Miami think about it the Lakers suck still. Dallas isn’t great his only other real good option is Boston but I believe Miami is a his best option to win and get his money

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 28 days ago

Miami is a year or two away from completely bottoming out. They are in the same place the lakers were before they signed Kobe to the last two years. Wade isn’t getting younger, Bosh is probably done, and they don’t have any really intriguing young players that could turn into to their next stars. The lakers have young players with potential and whiteside fits really well in the on their roster.

JT19
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JT19
2 months 28 days ago

I agree with all of your points except the “they don’t have any really intriguing young players that could turn into to their next stars”. Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson are pretty intriguing young players if you ask me. Winslow has arguably the most potential of all the young guys on the Lakers and Heat rosters because he’s already a good defender. He has the potential to be a two way star if he can develop a good offensive game. Russell can be to, but its easier to become a good offensive player than a good defensive player.

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 28 days ago

I’ll give you Winslow but he needs to find a shot. If I’m Whiteside I want wings that can shoot to space the floor and the Lakers have them. Ingram is going to grow into a man body and when he does he is going to be a beast on the perimeter defensively. I also like what a pick and roll game would look like with Russell’s court vision and Whiteside. I just think his game really fits with the lakers talent.

spazzygrantyjoe
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spazzygrantyjoe
2 months 27 days ago

I agree that the Lakers are going to be very good at some point. That being said they are still 2 or 3 years away from becoming a strong contender. Does Whiteside want to lose for the first 2 or 3 years of his deal to me it doesn’t make sense for him to do that. His best options are at this point Miami Dallas Boston Portland and Charlotte in that order

Jodie
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Jodie
2 months 28 days ago

Heard Miami is trying to low ball though and they’re waiting on Durant to decide. Whiteside wants to decide ASAP and Dallas has the Max $ on the table

Vito P
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Vito P
2 months 28 days ago

Definitely will stay with the Heat

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 28 days ago

Dallas isn’t the only team with max money on the table. Lakers could sign him just as easily, and they have players in their early twenties as opposed to well over 30. The lakers have a lot more money to spend so they could add players if he signs.

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 28 days ago

Lakers. Doubt it all you want and say they suck and nobody wants to go there but I think he knows they want him and wanted to play there before he went to the Heat.

Scott
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Scott
2 months 28 days ago

Dallas or Maimi coming from a DAL fan

Scott
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Scott
2 months 28 days ago

Miami*

Julian
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Julian
2 months 28 days ago

He’s leaning Blazers

RegularAce
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RegularAce
2 months 28 days ago

Miami can’t offer him a max without killing their depth. They have no monetary advantage whatsoever and KD is their prime target again without cap room. I

Steve
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Steve
2 months 28 days ago

Blazers

Christian Moreno
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Christian Moreno
2 months 28 days ago

The Dallas Mavericks !! #MFFL #WhitesideToDallas

Joseph Sapoznikov
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Joseph Sapoznikov
2 months 28 days ago

I believe in lands in Dallas, where playing with Dirk and Wes Mathews and possibly Conley. Coach Carlise helps make him a better all around player.

Te
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Te
2 months 28 days ago

Blazers so he can become multiple defensive player of the year awards to go with some ‘chips..

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