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Hassan Whiteside may be on his way out of Miami, with Pat Riley and the Heat almost openly looking for trade partner. But who would want to take on the disgruntled center and his large contract (two years left at $52 million)?
Well, Miami Herald writer Barry Jackson took a stab at some of the potential prospects … including the New Orleans Pelicans (DeMarcus Cousins) and several others.
“The Pelicans are unlikely to offer All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins a five-year, max contract when he becomes a free agent this offseason, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported last month,” Jackson wrote. “The Pelicans instead reportedly are considering offering Cousins a two- or three-year contract worth less than the max amount.”
Jackson cited others that could have an interest in Whiteside, such as the Clippers, should they lose center DeAndre Jordan.
That’s not all.
“Perhaps Washington, if the Heat could convince the Wizards to flip Whiteside for Marcin Gortat, who has one year left at $13.6 million, and other expiring contracts,” Jackson wrote.
According to several sources, the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks are two more with an eye on Whiteside … but according to those same sources, that contract is an issue.
“His problems at the end of the year (in Miami) make him almost untouchable,” one source said. “The Heat may be stuck with him and that bad contract for the next two years.”