Report: Hassan Whiteside sitting out Wednesday’s preseason game vs. Magic

Take it easy. There's no awful news just yet. But the word on Hassan Whiteside, who has been sitting out Heat practices with a strained right calf, isn't necessarily the best.

Here it is, from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:

At the moment, the Heat don't expect Whiteside to miss much more time. Reports still say he should get the opportunity to play in some preseason games.

Whiteside averaged 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game with Miami last year. His health is a major part of the team's defense and rebounding, considering Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are coming off seasons in which they didn't make it all the way through.

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