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Miami to add D-League center Hassan Whiteside

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After losing Chris Andersen to injury, Miami is set to sign D-League center Hassan Whiteside from the Iowa Energy.

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According to the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Heat are set to call up Iowa Energy center, Hassan Whiteside. It's necessary to regard the timing of the call-up considering Miami lost center Chris Andersen to a right ankle injury in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Whiteside was the selected 33rd in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and spent two seasons playing for them. However, he's become a journeyman of sorts playing for short spurts in both China and Lebanon. While playing in China in 2013, Whiteside was named defensive player of the year.

Earlier this year, Whiteside signed with the Memphis Grizzlies before later being placed on waivers and joining the Iowa Energy. He was actually acquired once again by the Grizzlies on November 14th before being waived on November 19th.

Whiteside is an interesting pick up by Miami because of his defensive prowess. It will be interesting to see if he gets minutes over Justin Hamilton, who has been reliable in the past.