Hassan Whiteside hopes to make a decision on his future on Friday, the first day teams can negotiate with free agents, writes Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel. The 27-year-old center says several factors will affect his ultimate choice, but a sense of loyalty to the Heat won’t be among them. “I really don’t think it’s about loyalty,” Whiteside said. “I think it’s just about the best situation for myself and that’s what I think it is.” Whiteside said he had a “good” meeting with team president Pat Riley recently to discuss his future in Miami. “So it’s not that I’m really counting the Heat off or I’m counting on another team,” Whiteside said. “It’s just open.”
There’s more news tonight from around the league:
- Former NBA head coach Mike Brown is a “strong contender” to become an assistant coach with the Warriors, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Brown and Tyrone Corbin were believed to be the finalists for the position, but Corbin will join Earl Watson’s staff in Phoenix. Brown has a 347-216 record as head coach of the Cavaliers and Lakers.
- The Magic interviewed Corliss Williamson Friday about becoming an assistant to new coach Frank Vogel, tweets Chris Mannix of The Vertical. Williamson is still a member of the Kings‘ coaching staff, so no decision has been made, tweets James Ham of CSNBayArea.
- Cavaliers GM David Griffin doesn’t expect to make any major changes to the NBA champs this summer, Stein tweets. “We intend to keep this group together and see what we’re capable of,” Griffin said today during an appearance on ESPN Radio.
- The Spurs will consider bringing over 6’10” Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek this summer, according to Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News. San Antonio acquired the rights to the 32-year-old in a 2011 deal that sent George Hill to the Pacers. At one time, Lorbek was among the best big men in the Euroleague, but he sat out last season and the Spurs aren’t sure if he is in NBA shape.
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7 thoughts on “And-Ones: Whiteside, Brown, Williamson, Griffin”
How could have Whiteside hope to have made a decision this fast if other teams can’t legally talk to him? Likely means he’s staying.
I think the exact same thing
Most money wins, period. End of analysis.
I think he’s staying as well based on the news but could be talking to friends/guys on other rosters too so it can’t be considered a “lock”
Lol. If you guys think these players ain’t already negotiating I got a bridge to sell you!
And the most money in the running are the lakers
Lakers are not the Lakers of old. They can’t buy players anymore and stars aren’t jumping at the chance to play there. If Miami gives Whiteside his max contract, he is staying. Unless they really think they could sign Durant, ( don’t think they can ) Whiteside is the best F. A. out there.