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While several prominent members of the Miami Heat want to move on from center Hassan Whiteside, the franchise understands his trade value is heavily diminished and won’t trade him for clutter, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
Whiteside’s future in South Beach appeared to be coming to an end 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.
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.
Heat president Pat Riley says the team has not offered Whiteside to anyone and sees the situation as being salvageable.
“I expect a lot out of Hassan, contrary to what people might think about us trading him,” Riley said. “We haven’t offered him to anybody, really, to be honest with you. So you go through an emotional period with a player and you deal with it and you come back and you work things out.”
At his end of the season press conference, 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.