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Is Hassan Whiteside on his way out of Miami? If some members of the organization apparently get their wish, the answer will be yes.
According to the Miami Herald, Heat president Pat Riley is contemplating trading the team’s talented, disgruntled and outspoken center this offseason.
“Amid his public comments that he would intervene in the Whiteside/Erik Spoelstra disconnect, Riley is now mulling what to do with Whiteside, according to someone close to the situation,” the Herald wrote.
“If the Heat can snag a high-quality rotation piece for Whiteside, it’s a no-brainer, because his dissatisfaction with his role and playing time, and the unevenness of his play, have exasperated numerous Heat people.”
The biggest issue with trading Whiteside, of course, is his contract. He is owed a whopping $24.4 million next season and $27.1 million the year after that. Not many teams with an interest could take on that sort of deal even if they wanted.
Per Barry Jackson of the Herald:
“Earlier this season, I asked an opposing NBA head coach how far Whiteside is from the top group of centers (Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins). The coach scoffed and said not remotely close. So you can assume a lot of people in the league share that opinion, which should temper expectations of what the Heat could get back in return.”
Whiteside, 28, averaged 14.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in 54 regular-season games.