Is Hassan Whiteside using Snapchat to recruit Gordon Hayward to Miami?

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside smiles before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

ORLANDO — The Heat made their presentation to free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday, and center Hassan Whiteside was one of the players at the recruiting session held in Miami.

But even after the Heat’s meeting with Hayward was over, Whiteside seemed to continue recruiting Hayward … and other free agents to Miami. The Heat’s center posted a series of Snapchat videos Saturday night that highlight the benefits of living in Miami.

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“I don’t know about y’all, but if I’m a free agent ain’t nothing like bringing the kids to the beach after practice,” Whiteside said on one of the videos as he pointed the camera toward the ocean. “You heard? You hear me?”

In case you didn’t know, Hayward is a father of two.

From Hassan Whiteside’s Snapchat account.

But Whiteside’s recruiting pitch over Snapchat didn’t stop there as he continued to enjoy the Miami lifestyle.

“This not Cali. That water is 80 degrees,” Whiteside said as he sat near the ocean. “You hear me. You feel me?”

Using the hashtag, #freeagenttalk, and the caption, “This could be you!,” Whiteside pointed out the advantages of living in Miami compared to cold-weather cities.

“Listen, you can walk in the cold or you can ride in the heat … on the beach,” Whiteside said on one of the Snapchat videos. “… That water felt like a hot tub. I got to come out here more. They vacation here, we live here.”

After Saturday’s meeting with the Heat, Hayward will meet with the Celtics on Sunday and the Jazz on Monday before making his free-agent decision.

Miami is expected to have about $35 million in cap space this summer once Chris Bosh’s contract is removed from its books. That’s enough to fit Hayward’s projected $29.7 million max salary for the 2017-18 season under the cap.

From Hassan Whiteside’s Snapchat account.

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