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Heat's Whiteside picks up $27.1M option

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MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is not leaving the final year of his Miami Heat deal on the table.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Friday that Whiteside is exercising his $27.1 million option for next season in Miami. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Whiteside announced the decision publicly.

The move was not a surprise. It'll be the final year of Whiteside's four-year, $98 million contract with the Miami, and the salary he'll command next season will keep him as the highest-paid player on the Heat roster.

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