“I was told that they would not let Whiteside go because they didn’t want to lose him for nothing so they were going to have to pay him and they are less sure of that now,” Le Batard said during the local hour of his radio show Tuesday. “That they are vacillating the same way that the fan base is vacillating and Riley changed his mind often on that one. He is not convinced — they are not convinced as an organization. They are not convinced that Whiteside is worth more than the cap space that would be available even not knowing whether Kevin Durant is the one available. They are legitimately befuddled about whether it’s better to have Whiteside or it’s better to have the cap space. That changed.”
Whiteside is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could command max money with so many teams having cap space with a large influx of TV money causing team salaries to explosively rise.