Hassan Whiteside and the Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of agreeing to a four-year max contract, according to a reliable league source.
Whiteside can’t sign on the dotted line until July 8. But the shot-blocking center and Mavs owner Mark Cuban have already made a verbal agreement, according to a source.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Whiteside’s options were narrowed down to either the Mavs, Portland Trail Blazers or the Miami Heat (his incumbent team) entering Friday’s free agency. However, the Mavs have emerged as significant favorites to land the 27-year-old big man.
Dallas are expected to offer Whiteside a four-year max contract worth $98.8 million. Last Sunday, Whiteside told reporters that he wants to finalize on his new team by July 1 to avoid the drama of free agency. “”On July 1, hopefully I’ll know (where I sign). I hope it’s an easy decision to make.”
Hassan Whiteside set to join Mavs…
Whiteside also ruled out ‘loyalty’ as a factor in his final decision-making, hinting that he was ready to venture out of South Beach. “I really don’t think it’s about loyalty — I think it’s just about (finding) the best situation for myself. It’s not like I’m really counting the Heat out or counting on another team. It’s just open,” said Whiteside who considers himself ‘a businessman’ first and foremost.
James Herbert of CBS Sports reckons that Whiteside could be a game-changer in Dallas. “If Dallas does get Whiteside, it would be an extremely interesting partnership. The Mavericks have historically gotten the most out of centers who can protect the paint and finish alley-oops — it’s not just Tyson Chandler, remember how effective Brandan Wright was there? — but I wonder how much patience coach Rick Carlisle will have for Whiteside chasing blocks at the expense of his team’s defensive schemes.”
The Mavericks are also scheduled to meet Mike Conley and Nicolas Batum over the weekend.
Hassan Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3. 7 blocks last season at an amazing PER of 25.69.