Hassan Whiteside signed a four-year maximum contract with the Miami Heat worth approximately $98 million.
Whiteside first met with the Miami Heat and then the Dallas Mavericks before making his decision.
Whiteside revealed he also liked the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Portland was my second option,” Whiteside said at the team’s Saturday shootaround in Portland. “I would have came here.”
ESPN reported last week that Portland “chased” Whiteside in free agency, but nothing was said of Whiteside’s interest.