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The Miami Heat have made center Hassan Whiteside available in trade talks this summer, but the trade market is limited for Whiteside and he’s likely to remain with the franchise, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Several prominent members of the Heat want to move on from Whiteside, but the franchise understands his trade value is heavily diminished and won’t move him for clutter. Whiteside is owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
The 29-year-old totaled just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks in the five-game playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. 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.
At his end-of-the-season press conference, Heat president Pat Riley said Whiteside wasn’t in great shape and fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He mentioned the disconnect between Whiteside and Spoelstra would take a discussion between the two.
Spoelstra says he and Whiteside have been in communication and that their relationship is not what it appears to be based on outside perception.
“I have absolutely been in touch with Hassan,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve gotten together for lunch, in constant contact on the phone and in texts. Like many things in this league, it’s not what it seems on the outside. It’s pretty normal NBA life. I’m looking forward to the start of the season with a healthy Hassan. I know he’s looking forward to that. And we still have a good part of the summer to get better. I think Hassan having an opportunity to start off the season healthy will be a really big boost for us.”
One general manager told the Miami Herald it might be easier for the Heat to trade Whiteside next summer, when he has one year left on his contract.