White­side opts in for $27 mil­lion with Heat

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI (AP) >> Has­san White­side is not leav­ing the fi­nal year of his Mi­ami Heat deal on the ta­ble.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said Fri­day that White­side is ex­er­cis­ing his $27.1 mil­lion op­tion for next sea­son in Mi­ami. The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause nei­ther the Heat nor White­side an­nounced the de­ci­sion pub­licly.

White­side av­er­aged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 re­bounds last sea­son, ap­pear­ing in 72 games and start­ing 53 of those. He also av­er­aged only 23 min­utes per game, and at times ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure about not hav­ing a larger role.

For his ca­reer, White­side has av­er­aged 13.4 points and 11.4 re­bounds over parts of seven sea­sons with Mi­ami and Sacra­mento.

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