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Hassan Whiteside Agrees to Terms With Miami Heat

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Despite the hopes and prayers of the Portland Trail Blazers fan base, Hassan Whiteside has opted to stay in Miami and has agreed in principle to a 4-year max offer sheet from the Heat.

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Hassan Whiteside has agreed in principle to sign with the Miami Heat; terms of the deal have not been officially released, but it is reportedly a four-year maximum contract starting at about $22 million next season. Whiteside originally made the announcement on Snapchat, and later posted to The Players' Tribune.

The Portland Trail Blazers were reportedly one of three teams to secure a meeting with Whiteside, but the Miami center ultimately opted to stay with his original team.

The Blazers had hoped that the 7'0", 265-pound Whiteside would provide a significant upgrade to their starting frontcourt. He finished among the league leaders last season averaging 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game. He was selected to the NBA's all-defensive second team. Whiteside also added 14 points per game on 61% field goal shooting. His presence will serve to anchor the Miami defense for the next four years.

Despite being 27-years old, Whiteside has played only four seasons in the NBA. He emerged seemingly out of nowhere as a Developmental League call up during the 2014-2015 season. Before that, the former second-round pick had been cut by several teams amid questions about his maturity. When Whiteside signs a maximum contract, two years removed from playing in the local YMCA, it will be seen as one of the true rags-to-riches story in recent NBA history.