The competitor with the grandest overture: the Dallas Mavericks, who have a history of being spurned by targeted big-money centers. Last year DeAndre Jordan ditched them in the cruelest of ways, and it feels like Mark Cuban has been pursuing Dwight Howard for about a decade now.
Whiteside, who led the NBA with 3.7 blocks per game in 2015-16, made the announcement via Snapchat with a little help from Will Smith.
Then he posted a short announcement at the Players' Tribune:
I’ve played on eight teams since college — from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China.
I am not ready for there to be a ninth.
I have decided to re-sign with Miami. I just wanted to take this time to tell all the fans how much you mean to this team, and to me.
Can’t wait to get back to work and try to bring another championship to Miami. #HeatNation
The center, who made under $1 million in each of the last two seasons after spending years overseas, reportedly agreed in principal on a max contract worth four years and $98 million.