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Heat’s Hassan Whiteside Frustrated With Role

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The Miami Heat need to turn things around in their 1st round NBA Playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers and their big man wants to be more involved so he can help them do so.

Hassan Whiteside is pointing to a change in his role, mainly on the offensive side of the ball, when discussing what has affected his production this postseason, clearly frustrated with how things are playing out.

“It’s just different, man. I feel like our offense is a lot different. I’m not as involved in as many dribble handoffs as I was and post-ups as I was in the regular season,” Whiteside said after Game 3 (h/t ESPN).

“That’s what coach [Erik Spoelstra] wants. Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks. That’s what he wants. I’ve just got to trust it.”

Whiteside is averaging just 3.7 points in the playoffs thus far, a far cry from his 14.0 ppg regular season average, and the center is demanding more minutes so he can produce more.

“I want to get more rebounds out there. I want to get more minutes out there. I’m just going to keep trusting coach’s decision-making,” Whiteside said. “Even with the fouls, I still could have been out there. I wouldn’t have fouled out. I am going to keep trusting coach’s decision-making.”

It’s odd to see Miami take this approach with Whiteside, but head coach Erik Spoelstra says he is focused on finding out what is going to work moving forward.

“He might not necessarily put up the numbers, but it’s part of my job to figure it out and figure out how he can get to his strengths and be an impact player for us,” Spoelstra said.

“It starts with the defense, the rebounding. He has a lot of responsibilities for us offensively. I’ll spend some time working that out in the next day in a half.”

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Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers are signing center Myles Turner to a four-year, $80 million contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.

 

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.

 

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