Pat Riley Rumors

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Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks this season, but in 36 minutes — closer to what all the others played — he recorded 17.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 4.6 blocks. He also progressed with screen-setting and free-throw shooting. “I think he wants to be part of a winner,” Riley said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt his next level is to, along with others, carry. He’s got to carry … a load, almost every night. That will allow you to win. And be a contender. And I think he can do that.”
Storyline: Hassan Whiteside Free Agency
“I don’t think he’s even reached his real ceiling in a couple of areas of the game,” Riley said. “And I think that now he’ll be more comfortable once his situation ends. When a player spends six years of his career having everybody tell him why he’s not good enough to be in the NBA … I think when he gets an opportunity, what young players try to do first is, ‘I’m going to show you I’m good enough to play in the NBA.’ … [And what] could be individually important might not be as good for the team. But once that’s out of the way, I think the roof is the ceiling.”
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Now, the 26-year-old is set to become one of this summer’s most sought-after free agents, and as an All-Star caliber player likely in line to receive max contract offers elsewhere, Heat president Pat Riley says the team plans to keep the 7-foot shot-blocking aficionado around for the long haul. “He’s obviously, I think, our No. 1 priority. Period. You don’t have to look further than that,” Riley said. “While there might be players out there in free agency, our No. 1 priority is Hassan Whiteside. He’s 26 years old. He’s a game changer. I don’t think he’s even reached his real ceiling in a couple areas of the game …”
Storyline: Hassan Whiteside Free Agency