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OFFICIAL: Miami Heat sign Hassan Whiteside, waive Shannon Brown

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The Miami Heat just announced the signing of a new center at the expense of a rarely used guard.

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The Miami Heat just announced that they have officially agreed to terms with center Hassan Whiteside and waived backup shooting guard Shannon Brown.

Whiteside played in three games for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League.  In the NBADL, Whiteside was averaging an astonishing 22 points, 16 rebounds and just over 5 blocks per game on ... Wait for it ... 86% from the field.

Whiteside's only NBA experience comes from playing in 19 games for the Sacramento Kings spread over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season after being a second round pick of the team in 2010.  He has also spent time in Lebanon and China.

To create Whiteside's roster spot the Heat waived Shannon Brown, who has appeared in 5 games (and started 2) for the team this season.  Brown has struggled to earn any steady playing time and has averaged just 4 points per game on 37% shooting when he has played.

It remains to be seen if any other moves will follow this one.  The Heat now have 4 centers on the roster and a clear hole at shooting guard.  This move also may indicate that Dwyane Wade is healthy, as Brown had started the last two games in Wade's absence.

Whiteside will wear number 21 for the Heat.