According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Whiteside inked a four-year max deal.
The 27-year-old big man put up impressive numbers in his second campaign with the Heat last season, averaging 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.7 blocks per game. Whiteside built upon a 2014-15 season that saw him average 11.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest in 48 appearances.
The Marshall product was a second-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, but he played primarily in the NBA Development League before spending time in Lebanon and China. Miami took a flier on Whiteside, and the move paid dividends. He missed some time in the playoffs with an MCL sprain, but he should be fully healed for the 2016-17 season.
The 7-footer added a different dimension to the Heat on both ends of the floor, and teammates noticed. According to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, Whiteside had respected veteran Udonis Haslem’s full support: