No surprise: Heat looking for trade partner for Whiteside

Heat center Hassan Whiteside is averaging 13.5 points and 13.7 rebounds in 22 games this season.

The Miami Heat continue to look for a taker for center Hassan Whiteside but are having no luck so far, league sources told Amico Hoops.

Whiteside hasn’t been playing in fourth quarters and left the bench and headed to the locker room before the final buzzer in the Heat’s home loss to the Orlando Magic.

The biggest problem with Whiteside, according to opposing executives, remains his contract. He is making more than $24 million this season and is due $27 million next year.

That’s an albatross of a deal for a 7-footer, even one who has plenty of talent and is averaging 13.5 points and 13.7 rebounds. But in a league that remains fixated on “small ball” and perimeter shooting, big men who are glued to the low post are having trouble being a fit — particularly late in games.

“Probably extremely upset like we all are,” Spoelstra told reporters of why Whiteside may have left the bench vs. the Magic.

“Everybody, if they’re angry, frustrated, pissed, (need to) funnel it into the team until we get the changes that we want right now.”

One opposing executive said it “wouldn’t be impossible” to move Whiteside before the February trade deadline, “just difficult.”

The exec said the Heat may have to throw in a draft pick or find a third team, “but in this league, anyone can get traded if you’re determined enough.”

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