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March 10, 2015 Updates

There, he watched Hassan Whiteside deliver an unprovoked cheap shot at Kelly Olynyk, which earned an easy ejection. A suspension is almost sure to follow for Whiteside, who rammed Olynyk from behind and sent the Celtics forward flying into the court-side photographers, dazed and certainly confused. What the heck? “I don’t even know what happened,” said Olynyk. NBA.com

March 9, 2015 Updates

Whiteside then got a tryout with the Lakers, but didn't get an invite to training camp. "They picked Wayne Ellington over me," he says. Then came an invite to go to the Grizzlies' camp. He played in five preseason games before getting cut -- again, no surprise, given Memphis's roster, with Marc Gasol an All-Star incumbent at center, Zach Randolph newly extended and Kosta Koufos set as the backup big man. "Chris Wallace (the Grizzlies' GM) told me to just go down and dominate the D-League, and I thought I could, too," Whiteside said. "They had a lot of bigs. Gasol was playing really well. Maybe they didn't need me. I found my own path." NBA.com

But can Miami sink $65 million or so into him in 2016? The Heat signed Whiteside to a two-year deal in November, which includes a club option for next season that the Heat will certainly exercise. But that's all Miami can do. The Heat can't give Whiteside an extension before his contract expires as contracts that are for four years or less can't be extended. So he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016. NBA.com

"It's real," Wade said. "The only thing that you hope for with someone like that is, for one, he stays healthy, for two, he stays hungry, and he stays humble. If he does those things, it's real. It's a good start when you have a guy, unexpected like that, 25 years old, that can dominate the game the way he's able to do." Whiteside has made his biggest strides in his consistency with the Heat's development program. "That's all we've asked," Spoelstra said. "That hasn't changed from day one. It was never about how many minutes, how many shots, how many opportunities. It was about commitment to our player development program. And that hasn't changed since he's found more success on the court. We still expect him to work ...every day, pre-practice, post-practice and film sessions. And he hasn't formed a sense of entitlement from his play. He's been very committed to the work behind the scenes." NBA.com

Last summer, Whiteside played with the Raptors' Summer League team, along with Toronto's first-round pick, Bruno Cabolco. Whiteside played in three games, at 17 minutes per game, and averaged 10 rebounds per game. That's a Per 36 minutes average of ... 21.1 rpg. "You go get on a computer, and you look at per minute," Whiteside says, "all through my career, and you will see the numbers. It ain't, 'oh, what clicked? What clicked? What clicked?' Nothing clicked. I just never had a chance." NBA.com

March 7, 2015 Updates

Why was he on the bench so long? Spoelstra said it was because of fatigue, but Whiteside did not seem to agree. “I have no answer for that,” he said. “That’s a question for Coach Spo. I have no answer for that.” Asked about whether he pleaded with Spoelstra to get back in, Whiteside responded, “I don’t ever talk to Coach Spo about minutes. I’m just blessed to be here and I do my job.” He was pressed on the question of whether he was fatigued and continued to deflect. “You always want to play,” Whiteside said. “Everybody wants to play. I really wanted to play. But as you can see, they went on a run. That’s a question for Coach. I don’t know what to really say about that. I watched it like y’all.” Palm Beach Post

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March 3, 2015 Updates

NBA Communications: PHX's Len Fined $20K, MIA's Whiteside Fined $15K for incident on March 2. Link: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2015/03/03/bbops-len-whiteside-ejections-030215-pr.nba/ Twitter

Whiteside got tossed with 4:26 left in the third quarter of the Heat’s 115-98 victory after charging at Len and tackling him under the basket. Len provoked that by grabbing the back of Whiteside’s jersey and shoving him. They had been going at it most of the night, and that was the breaking point. “It was about the fourth or fifth time I dunked on him and I feel like he was really frustrated,” Whiteside said. “I shouldn’t have came back an retaliated the way I did because it really hurt my team… but every day is a learning day for me. But that’s what it was– it was just because I just kept dunking on him.” Palm Beach Post

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