Heat trade rumors include Hassan Whiteside in a big way now. A report on current Miami Heat trade rumors states that the organization is gauging the interest of other clubs in possibly acquiring center Hassan Whiteside. The report comes from a Sunday, February 14 edition of the Miami Herald. Serious reservations about committing long-term money to Whiteside may be at the center of these trade talks.
During the 2015-16 NBA season, Whiteside is averaging 12.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game for the Heat. He has started more games this season (40) than his previous three years in the league. Now, Whiteside could be in line for one of the biggest pay raises given out in the NBA offseason. Currently, he makes less than a million dollars in the short-term contract he signed with Miami, but his on-court performance has earned him a big pay raise.
The reason for these Miami Heat trade rumors is that the front office is unsure it can trust Hassan Whiteside with a long-term deal worth somewhere around $17-$20 million a season. Getting ejected from the game on Tuesday, February 9, for ugly behavior on the court has not helped his situation in Miami. There were already a lot of rumors surrounding Whiteside and his future with the Heat, but this exacerbated the situation quite a bit. Now, the team might be looking for a different option in the low post.
Putting that record into context, Miami is just one game behind the Atlanta Hawks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but also just 2and a half games ahead of the ninth place Detroit Pistons. It means a hot streak could push the Heat up the standings, but a cold streak could possibly cost the team a spot in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. Riley has to make the difficult decision of whether the Miami is a true contender with a chance to win the title this year or if the long-term move needs to be made now.
Though there are now a lot of Miami Heat trade rumors that include Hassan Whiteside and which teams might be interested in acquiring him, but isn’t known is how highly the rest of the NBA values the young center. Whiteside comes with no team control, making it risky for any franchise to give up a lot of talent or draft picks to acquire him. This means that Whiteside could be a short-term rental and that many teams won’t be willing to trade Miami something of equivalent value for him. It’s a very tricky situation.
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