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On Friday night, fourth-year
Averaging 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and a league-best 4.0 blocks a game, Whiteside could end up signing a maximum contract this summer, worth over $90 million, starting at $21 million for the 2016-17 season. Since Whiteside is in just his second season in Miami, the Heat does not have his Bird rights, limiting any Whiteside offer to four years, similar to what any other prospective suitor can give. Although he doesn't have a long, proven NBA track record, playing scant minutes through his first two seasons with the
Whiteside wasn't the only NBA player to reach a triple-double on Friday. There were three recorded, and nearly a fourth.
While Whiteside, Westbrook and Smart were all victorious,
NCAA loosens draft rules
On Wednesday, the NCAA made a significant change, allowing underclassmen to explore their NBA draft prospects more thoroughly, before deciding to back out and return to school. Now players will be able to participate in the NBA's draft combine and work out for teams, with the deadline to withdraw moved back to late May — instead of mid-April.
The extra month will allow young players to better gauge their chances of landing two years of guaranteed money in the first round of the draft. Staying in school is typically preferable than dropping to the second round (or out of the top-60 picks altogether), without any financial guarantees.
Last Sunday, the Nets let go of their coach, Lionel Hollins, installing assistant
On Thursday, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic in London, as part of the "NBA Global Games" to widen the league's reach internationally. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, on hand for the Magic home game played over 4,000 miles away from the
Former Clippers guard Baron Davis, who is hoping to make his way back into the NBA, signed a contract to play in the NBA Development League. Davis last played for the
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