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Hassan Whiteside Disgusted with Heat

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Miami’s franchise center takes exception to the way he’s being used.

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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is upset with his team and the way he’s being used, and tonight he let go of those feelings in front of reporters covering a game between the Heat and the Brooklyn Nets. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the story. [NSFW language ahead]

From Jackson’s piece in the Herald:

Asked if he tried to discuss it with one of the coaches during the game, Whiteside said: “I don’t know if it’s because I’m on a minutes restriction. The minutes have been like that all year. It’s really frustrating. It’s been frustrating. It’s tough. I don’t know, man. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it.”

Asked if this has made him question his future with the Heat, Whiteside said: “I don’t know. Maybe.”

Whiteside - who had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks Saturday - then was asked who he should take that up with - management, the coaching staff or his agent.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know.”

According to Jackson, the interview stopped when a Heat public relations official intervened.

The 28-year-old center averages 14.1 points. 11.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks this year for the Heat, making $23.8 million on a contract that tops out with a player option of $27.1 million in 2019-20. He was linked with the Portland Trail Blazers in free agency recruitment during the Summer of 2016.