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ESPN Forecasts $18 Million Raise for Hassan Whiteside Next Season
- Updated: July 23, 2015
Hassan Whiteside is about to become a very rich man.
According to ESPN’s Amin Elhassan, a former Phoenix Suns executive, Whiteside is projected to earn an $18 million pay raise next season on a contract worth roughly $18.8 million. The Miami Heat center is due to earn just $981,000 for the upcoming season.
The valuation took into account the following factors:
“Age, injury history, value of recent comparable player contracts, irreplaceability of skill set, contribution to winning, history of production, fit with style and culture, marketability and current cap situation, among other things.”
The 26-year-old is coming off of a season in which he ranked fourth in Most Improved Player of the Year voting despite playing in just 48 games. Whiteside was signed as a street free agent in November of last season before becoming entrenched as a starter in January.
He posted four games of at least 20 rebounds and even posted a triple-double in the Heat’s 96-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on January 25th. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks in the win.
According to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel, the Heat should have the requisite cap space to re-sign Whiteside, due to the projected jump of the salary cap for the 2016-17 season:
“Based on the projected jump of the salary cap for 2016-17 and the Heat’s current contract situation, the Heat should have the requisite cap space, even at such a substantial valuation, to retain Whiteside, should he choose to return, next summer.
When the 2016 offseason rolls around it should be interesting to see if Pat Riley opts to re-sign his young center, or if he signs a big-name free agent such as Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant or Al Horford.