Hassan Whiteside has decided where he will play next season

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The free agency period is upon us and, while no contracts are able to be signed until July 7, some players have already come to conclusions on their future.

Hassan Whiteside was one of the biggest names in the market behind Kevin Durant and a number of franchises would have held a serious interest in acquiring the big man.

Before the period began, the center insisted he was looking for the best deal possible and claimed loyalty would not play a huge role in his decision; worrying times for the Miami Heat.

Well, maybe not. Especially after the 27-year-old notified everybody of his decision on the Players' Tribune - the same platform Kobe Bryant used to announce his retirement last season.

Whiteside's rise to prominence has been nothing short of incredible. He joined the Heat in 2014 having jumped around the Development League and Asia, and it seemed his past did play a part in the decision of his future.

He simply wrote: "I've played on eight teams since college — from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China.

"I am not ready for there to be a ninth.

"I have decided to re-sign with Miami. I just wanted to take this time to tell all the fans how much you mean to this team, and to me.

"Can’t wait to get back to work and try to bring another championship to Miami. #HeatNation"

There is no word yet on the contract Whiteside will sign with the South Beach franchise, however, he is sure to get a huge sum, especially with the salary cap rising to $94 million per team.

Miami enjoyed a strong campaign as they took the Toronto Raptors to game seven in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals after finishing third in the regular season, however, they will harbour serious expectations of going further next year. Whiteside will certainly play a huge part in any hopes they have of winning a fourth championship.

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