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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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Knicks Sign Marcus Morris to One-Year Deal

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Marcus Morris

The New York Knicks have officially signed veteran forward Marcus Morris to a one-year, $15 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Morris nixed a deal he had in lace with the San Antonio Spurs, a two-year, $20 million contract, and now lands with the Knicks for a more lucrative, yet shorter, deal.

Morris is known for his hard play and consistency, and should provide a versatile element to the roster.

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Knicks Sign Reggie Bullock to Re-worked Deal

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The New York Knicks have finalized a new, re-worked, two-year deal with Reggie Bullock, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

Bullock originally agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the team with an option for the second year, but the terms were re-worked due to a medical issue

Despite the hurdles in closing the deal, Bullock’s agent, David Bauman, praised the Knicks for how they navigated the process.

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Cavaliers, Raptors Interested in Dragan Bender

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Dragan Bender

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are interested in former Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender.

Bender was a major bust with the Suns, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is still only 21 years old.

Bender can still turn his career around, but he has issues with 3 point shooting and the physicality of the NBA game.

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