MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Just like that the Heat keep Hassan Whiteside.READ MORE: New Travel Restrictions In Place, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant Concerns
The 7-footer made the announcement Friday morning on Snap Chat and through the Players Tribune that he is sticking with the team that gave him a chance.
Whiteside wrote, “I’ve played for eight teams since college…I am not ready for there to be a ninth.”
What he is ready for is a big pay day. Reports are the two sides agreed to a max deal worth $98 million over four years. However, the Miami Herald is reporting that Whiteside has agreed to take less money annually if the Heat can come to terms with free agency whale Kevin Durant.READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Out Early Hoping To Score Deals
Meantime, Dwyane Wade is enjoying his summer with friends Chris Paul and Lebron James but he’s the next question mark.
Yahoo Sports is reporting rival teams have made multi-year offers to the three-time champ who has stated in the past he wants to be a Heat lifer.
Now to the biggest whale of them all – Kevin Durant. He is taking meetings in New York. Pat Riley will have his shot over the weekend, but until then current Heat players are waiting in limbo, wondering what the roster will look like come October.MORE NEWS: Cold Fronts Bring More Than Just Cool Dry Air To South Florida
“I just want to see how it plays out and how teams try to build that puzzle trying to become Cleveland, or Golden State, or San Antonio putting those pieces together,” said Heat forward Justise Winslow.