June 30, 2016, 4:34 pm
Hassan Whiteside has three meetings scheduled as of right now with the Heat, Mavs and Blazers, and the Miami Sun-Sentinel calls those teams the finalists.
It does indeed sound like Whiteside is on track for a quicker decision rather than a delayed one so it stands to reason that teams with meetings would be finalists. While the Mavs have been pushing hard and both Whiteside and Mike Conley, and Pat Riley is a force to be reckoned with, the inclusion of the Blazers is an interesting wrinkle. Because they boast such a talented backcourt and have generally made good decisions recently — Whiteside could get weird and go to Portland. Who knows, maybe Chandler Parsons can join him too. That said, we’re going to call the Heat and Mavs favorites over Portland for now.