July 1, 2016, 11:11 am
Hassan Whiteside’s deal is “not necessarily” for four years and a $98 million maximum according to beat writer Ethan Skolick, which gives the Heat some wiggle room in the Kevin Durant chase.
Dwyane Wade’s ears probably perked up at that a bit and it remains to be seen how Pat Riley plays his hand and keeps everybody happy. If the Heat don’t come away with Durant it’s possible that Whiteside’s contract gets adjusted upward, too. Again, Wade might have something to say about that too.
Update: Whiteside is getting a player option for that last year of his deal and who knows, maybe that’s because he’s taking a bit less money.
Worth noting that the Heat's deal with Whiteside not finalized and that the fourth year is expected to be a player option.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 1, 2016