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Lakers free agency rumors: Whiteside focused on Mavs, Heat

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If true, this would undoubtedly be something of a blow, so early in free agency.

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Anyone else reading through Woj's tweets to see if he's ever gotten something wrong? No? I'm alone in this endeavor? Cool.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Hassan Whiteside enters free agency with two teams in mind, and neither of which are the Lakers. In an offseason in which Kevin Durant has spurned even meeting with the Lakers (really not that big a deal when you consider his priorities), this is the first blow to the front office. Whiteside made a ton of sense given the Lakers' needs, even with questions about how he'd handle the freedom of a max contract.

Now, these situations tend to be fluid, based on how meetings go and what other teams offer. I'm pretty confident in predicting Whiteside will go to whichever team offers him the most money, as he is cashing in for just the first time in a career that is actually much longer to this point than you would think. If the Lakers do swoop in with a max deal while the Mavs and Heat trip over themselves with smaller, shorter deals, the entire situation could change very quickly.

Then again, the Lakers will be fighting an uphill battle to sign one of their top preferences heading into free agency, which is rarely ideal. Let's see how this turns out.

By the way: Scrolling through Woj's tweets for some kind of mistake was a pretty fruitless endeavor.

UPDATE: Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Whiteside has yet to schedule a meeting with the Lakers. Read below:

With free agency starting at 12:01 a.m. tonight, Hassan Whiteside has scheduled meetings with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers in the next 24 to 36 hours, and the Heat also very much remains in play for his services, according to someone with direct knowledge.

Whiteside has received interest from a bunch of teams, but to this point, he has agreed to meet with only two besides Miami: Dallas and Portland.

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