Heat center Hassan Whiteside non-committal on staying in Miami


Clearly, Hassan Whiteside is enjoying this experience. Even so, he doesn’t want to extend it too long.

“July 1,” the Heat center said, of the date he officially becomes a free agent. “Hopefully, I know. I hope it’s an easy decision to make.”

Whiteside was at the Young Arts Foundation on Sunday to root for high school and college friends in the Dew NBA 3X tournament. Then he spoke to the media for the first time since the Heat season ended in the second round — with Whiteside out nursing an injured knee.

That knee is fine now, with no surgery necessary. And Whiteside is feeling fine about his current situation, coming off a minimum contract and in line for something near a maximum deal. When he saw the media gathered to speak with him, he smiled: “Hey guys. It’s a party now.”



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