The Miami Heat will try and trade distrungled center Hassan Whiteside this summer, who took yet another shot at the organization Wednesday by implying he’s not allowed to take perimeter shots.
While conducting a workout, Whiteside is seen sinking a long jump shot while saying, “You don’t know I got this jumper. There’s a difference between you can’t shoot and you’re not allowed [to shoot].”
After a disappointing first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers in which he totaled just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks in five games, Whiteside’s future in Miami is bleak.
Whiteside 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.
The Heat want to move on from Whiteside, per the Miami Herald, but will have difficulty finding a trade partner since he’s owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
At his end of the season press conference, Miami Heat president Pat Riley didn’t mince words when asked about Whiteside.
“By the time we got to the playoffs, I don’t think he [Whiteside] was ready,” Riley said. “He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t in great shape. He wasn’t fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He, and we, got our head handed to us. The disconnect between he and [coach] Spo, that’s going to take a discussion between them and it’s going to take thought on the part of coach and also Hassan.”
The Heat are aware they will have trouble trading Whiteside since his value around the league is low. The preference of many inside the organization, however, is to get him out of South Beach at any cost.