Hassan Whiteside did play in the fourth quarter or overtime of Saturday’s 110-109 overtime loss to the Nets. He’s not happy about it and he may be doubting his future with the Heat.
“Man, it’s annoying. Why we matching up?,” Whiteside said after the game. ‘We got one of the best centers in the league. Why we matching up? A lot of teams don’t have a good center. They’re going to use their strength. It’s bull—-. It’s really bull—-, man. There’s a lot of teams that could use a center. [Expletive]. That’s bull—-.”
“I don’t know if it’s because of a minutes restriction or what. The minutes have been like that all year,” Whiteside said. “It’s just really frustrating and its been frustrating. It’s tough. I don’t know man, it’s crazy. I don’t understand it.” When asked if the lack of minutes has made him question his future in Miami, Whiteside said: “I don’t know. Maybe.”
At this time of year, that will automatically get a guy like Whiteside included in the daily trade rumor mill. But league sources tell Sporting News that a move involving Whiteside would be a longshot, because for all the frustration he gives to Spoelstra, the Heat know how valuable he has been to their rise as a defensive force in the East, which has moved them into contention for one of the top three seeds in the conference. The Heat are 18-9 in their last 27 games, and have ranked third in defensive efficiency in that stretch.
The prevailing thought around the NBA is the Bucks would be open to and are pursuing a major player trade and have been linked to the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan. They also continue to be mentioned in NBA circles as having eyes for Miami’s Hassan Whiteside.
It’s been previously reported that the Cavaliers, Bucks, and Blazers all have interest in DeAndre Jordan. There are also rumblings about a swap with the Heat for Hassan Whiteside, which doesn’t entirely make sense for either side, but is out there nonetheless.
The Bucks have been looking for frontcourt help for some time. The dark horse candidate for the Bucks could be Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, but sources close to the HEAT continue to say its unlikely they are going to make him available in trade, but admitted teams have called, meaning Miami has options. The Bucks seem open to adding to their monster payroll now. The question becomes what to do with would be free agent Jabari Parker, who is still rehabbing from an ACL injury and may not be able to play until early March.
There is no indication that the Heat has made Hassan Whiteside available in a trade. But nobody should be surprised if this happens eventually, and that leads to this question: What could Miami get back for Whiteside if Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk continued to impress and Miami made Whiteside available?
“You could get a lottery pick, but a late lottery pick,” one scout said. “I could see a first rounder and a decent player — a rotational guy — but not a lottery pick and a decent player. I would be shocked if you got an all-star for him. No way.” The scout cited numerous reasons for that, including the fact that many teams are thriving without a traditional center. “It’s like DeMarcus Cousins, a small universe of [traditional centers]. And Cousins is more talented, though his reputation is worse.”
Whiteside is in the second year of a four-year, $98 million deal and he certainly is not untouchable. But will the Heat actively shop their defensive anchor? That question should be easier to answer as we get closer to the Feb. 8 trade deadline and beyond. As long as the Heat stay in the hunt, Pat Riley will not weaken the team. Making the playoffs is important to Riley and the players. But Riley never stops exploring ways to get better and if Adebayo continues to improve and the Heat believe he and Kelly Olynyk can anchor the middle, than, yes, Whiteside becomes a bit more expendable. But a lot has to happen if the Heat decided to deal Whiteside. First, a team must be willing to take on the remainder of his contract and secondly, that team must have a star that Riley would require if his is trading one of his building blocks.
One source said that the Heat’s willingness to sell off pieces such as Dragic and center Hassan Whiteside was overblown in the media to begin with, though, and that the Heat were more likely to ride out the season and re-evaluate offers for Dragic and Whiteside — who just signed a four-year, $98 million deal last summer — in the offseason.
think Celtics have any interest in Whiteside? Steve Kyler: Have not heard anything on that specifically, but was told highly unlikely HEAT move Whiteside.
That had Whiteside answering speculation Tuesday night in the wake of ESPN's Zach Lowe offering on a podcast, "I think the Heat are open for business. Up and down the roster, literally every player. No one is untouchable, not even Hassan Whiteside, by a longshot." "I never really pay attention to it," the shot-blocking center said before the Heat faced the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. "If I pay attention to it, I wouldn't be back in the league. There's all kind of rumors. A lot of people said of lot of things to keep me from being back in the league."
Listening to offers and actively shopping a player are two different things. The Heat spokesman made it clear the team has not made Whiteside available for trade. Whiteside is averaging 17.5 points and a league-leading 14.4 rebounds per game this season. But those numbers haven’t led to too many wins this season, as the Heat have the NBA’s second-worst record at 11-29.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the Heat has made every player available in trade talks, and not even Hassan Whiteside is untouchable. The Heat strongly disputed Lowe’s report that Miami had talked to Sacramento about a Goran Dragic trade.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Miami Heat are open for business with any player on the team’s roster being up for grabs. “Up and down the roster, literally every player,” said Lowe towards the end of his latest podcast. “Literally no one is untouchable, not even Hassan Whiteside, by a long shot.”
Willie: Local radio by where I live is reporting that Heat are talking with Rockets about Howard. How true is that. - Steve Kyler: Does not line up with what I was told last night but that kind of deal was out there in December.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the Heat is gauging trade interest in Whiteside, and two people in contact with the Heat told me that Miami appears open to considering a Whiteside trade, if it can dump other salary and get quality talent back, because it knows it’s going to be uncomfortably costly to keep him. Heat officials have expressed frustration with him, for reasons we explained in last Sunday's column. But the Heat also knows the odds would be against a trade this week because he’s earning just $981,000 (causing cap complications) and the team acquiring him wouldn’t have any financial advantage in re-signing him.
If Miami can’t land a star and moves on from Whiteside, one potentially appealing scenario (my opinion here) would be moving Bosh back to center and using the $37 million on Wade and two shooters, perhaps stretch-four Ryan Anderson (averaging 16.7 points and shooting 38.3 percent on threes for New Orleans) and a wing such as Bazemore, though Miami also would need to add another backup big in this scenario, too. Word is Miami likes Anderson, incidentally.
There is plenty of conjecture about Hassan Whiteside as Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trading deadline approaches, and plenty of truths. There is a sense inside the organization that a parting might be best, while Whiteside's circle is not expecting a deal.
Even with his early Bird restrictions looming in the offseason, keeping Whiteside is Miami’s best chance during the playoffs. With Whiteside signed to a minimum contract, it will be hard to get equal value back in a trade. Teams are also leery to take on Whiteside, knowing they will inherit the same contract issues Miami could face this summer.
After completing his work at the morning shootaround in advance of Wednesday night's game at Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets, Whiteside said he has greater concerns at the moment than the rumor mill. "I just saw it. It's just rumors," he said. "I mean, it's just rumors, I guess. I don't really know how factual it is. But I'm just going to keep playing basketball."
"A lot of people are speculating," Whiteside said. "I just keep playing basketball every day. I'm just going to keep coming in and doing the same thing I've been doing." Coach Erik Spoelstra said he addressed such trade speculation with his players prior to the season. "You just have to address it at the beginning of the year, and then to remind guys that it's all noise," Spoelstra said Wednesday. "You almost don't want to address it, because it's so unsubstantiated, where the source came from, that you're just highlighting that even more. So guys understand that every team, there will so much fiction out there, you just have to focus on your team, your role and your situation."
With all of that said, it's been a long time since the Heat has been as adamant in denying a report as it has been about this one: the report that it is trying to move Hassan Whiteside to get DeMarcus Cousins or Dwight Howard. But it's not like the team is angry. More like amused. Flabbergasted. That's because a lot of the logistics simply don't make any sense. Start here: Whiteside's contract is virtually worthless to another team. That doesn't mean Whiteside is worthless. His skill set is worth plenty, even in a smallball era. But he's making just $981,348 this season, and he will be a free agency as soon as the season ends. Miami cannot sign him to an extension now and, unless he's willing to take a mid-level deal (he won't be), the Heat will need to use cap space to re-sign him because it doesn't have Bird Rights on him.This is a dilemma, and it will be very tricky to keep Whiteside and Dwyane Wade and add talent this summer. But here's the thing about the Heat not having Bird Rights: Neither would any team that acquires him.
Ira Winderman: Have been told from inside the Heat absolutely nothing to speculation linking Whiteside to Dwight Howard or DeMarcus Cousins. That doesn't mean that any of this can't/won't happen. But, for moment, the reports/speculation appeared to have come as news to the Heat.
Heat president Pat Riley and the organization are no strangers to getting the most out of talented but troubled players. Hassan Whiteside, the latest reclamation project for Miami, and rookie Justise Winslow would be the centerpieces of any trade proposal, along additional players who would be added to make the salaries match.
September 24, 2021 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team’s 2021 training camp roster. Memphis converted Yves Pons to a two-way contract and signed Shaq Buchanan and Sean McDermott. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Carsen Edwards and Daniel Oturu.
Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
“He’s already done that once,” replied Brian Windhorst. “But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,” added MacMahon. “From what I gather, he’s coming back optimistic now.”
The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”
The 6-9 James was listed as weighing 250 pounds last season. Entering his 19th season in the NBA and turning 37 in December, James felt he needed to make a change. “I think the thing that stands out is his fitness level, and he’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said on a videoconference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “I think … we all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game and I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in explosiveness and quickness.”