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The Miami Heat have tried to trade center Hassan Whiteside and guard Tyler Johnson this offseason, but haven’t found a trade market for either player, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
Several prominent members of the Heat want to move on from Whiteside, but the franchise understands his trade value is heavily diminished and won’t move him for clutter, according to the report.
Whiteside totaled just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks in the five-game playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The disgruntled big man was very vocal about his lack of playing time in the postseason and how head coach Erik Spoelstra did not use him properly when he was on the floor.
In a perfect world, the Heat would like to trade Whiteside, but since he’s owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract, that’s probably not going to happen.
At his end of the season press conference, Heat president Pat Riley said Whiteside wasn’t in great shape and fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He mentioned the disconnect between Whiteside and Spoelstra will take a discussion between the two.
As for Johnson, Miami is eager to shed his contract, but aren’t especially optimistic about it. Johnson, who averaged 11.7 points in 2017-18, is due to make $19.2 million next season.
The Heat have a crowded backcourt with Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters all expected to get significant playing time.
Miami’s backcourt could get even more crowded if Dwyane Wade decides to return for a 16th season.