Dwyane Wade pulled a Kevin Durant on the Miami Heat organization by agreeing to a two-year $47.5 million deal with his hometown team Chicago Bulls. After Wade’s shocking career move, the question now is will Hassan Whiteside do a DeAndre Jordan and back out of his contract agreement with the Heat?
Whiteside has verbal commitment to sign a four-year $98 million deal with the Heat. He likely thought he would continue to play alongside three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade. But if there’s one thing free agency has taught us, it’s that to never assume anything.
After learning about Wade’s decision, Whiteside took to Twitter to express his shock. The 7-foot Gastonia native sent out a flabbergasted meme of Mr. Krabs.
It’s His Decision To Make
The 27-year-old center can back out of the Heat deal if he feels the team’s current situation isn’t what was promised to him a week ago. However, there will be consequences if he does.
Backpedaling from his verbal commitment would deal a serious blow to his reputation. FanSided also reported that teams have already committed their money on signing other free agents. There aren’t a lot of teams left that have enough cap space to match the Heat’s gargantuan offer to Whiteside.
Whiteside to Dallas?
One team who could swoop in and pull Whiteside out of South Beach is the Dallas Mavericks. The Texan team was one of the top players in the Whiteside sweepstakes, before he decided to re-sign with Miami.
According to Mavs Money Ball, the Mavericks could offer Whiteside a four-year $94 million contract. He will make $4 million less in Dallas, but he will no doubt go to a better team than the one in Miami.
It still remains to be seen what the mercurial big man will decide to do next. If he ultimately chooses to sign with Dallas, the move will send a ripple effect throughout the NBA.
SB Nation pointed out that if the Mavericks sign Whiteside, the team would no longer have enough money to shoulder what’s left of Andrew Bogut’s contract with the Warriors. If Bogut isn’t moved, the Warriors won’t have enough salary cap space to deliver on its promise of a two-year $54.3 million contract for Kevin Durant.
— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) July 7, 2016