The Miami Heat will try to trade distrungled center Hassan Whiteside this summer, but the organization is prepared for his return if a suitable deal doesn’t emerge, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
After a disappointing first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers in which he totaled just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks in five games, Whiteside’s future in Miami is bleak.
He 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. The Heat want to move on from Whiteside, but will have difficulty finding a trade partner since he’s owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
A source told the Miami Herald that it’s considered 50-50 at best — perhaps less — if the Heat will be able to trade Whiteside because his value around the league is diminished. Whiteside has not asked for a trade and is very much open to making it work with the Heat.
At his end of the season press conference, Heat president Pat Riley didn’t mince words when asked about Whiteside and said the big man and Spoelstra need to sit down in the offseason and fix their disconnect.
“By the time we got to the playoffs, I don’t think he [Whiteside] was ready,” Riley said. “He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t in great shape. He wasn’t fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He, and we, got our head handed to us. The disconnect between he and [coach] Spo, that’s going to take a discussion between them and it’s going to take thought on the part of coach and also Hassan.”