Jason Lloyd: The only one that I know definitely equated to just a salary dump. Portland offered Bazemore and Whiteside, which essentially would’ve matched Kevin’s salary. But both of those are expiring contracts and the Cavs would’ve received no real assets in return. Portland eventually sent Bazemore to Sacramento.
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In his last six, Whiteside has made 75 percent of his shots from the field, averaged 19 points and 14.8 rebounds per game while blocking 4.3 shots. But still, there is the trade talk. The asset the Trail Blazers have that seems the most tradeable is that contract of his that expires at the end of this season. Trades are very disruptive things for players. Has it been a concern?
“It hasn’t been hard for me,” Whiteside said Monday after practice. “I haven’t really thought about it too much. It’s just part of the game, you know. I’m just trying to come out here and show the fans and the organization what I can do. And I think they know what I can do.”
Whiteside is having an outstanding season. He’s shooting 61.1 percent from the floor, averaging 16 points and 14.1 rebounds per game along with a league-leading 3.1 blocked shots. All of those figures are higher than his career averages were, heading into this season. “It’s definitely the best I’ve played, overall,” he said. “I feel like every season I’m getting better. Being with guys like CJ and Dame makes it easier for me. “And I’m playing the minutes. The last two years in Miami, I was playing 23 minutes. Now I’m back to playing 30 minutes.”
Does he ever think about NOT getting traded, about being here the rest of the season and maybe even next year? “Yeah,” he said. “For sure. It’s definitely something I’ve thought about and something I want. “But it’s not all up to me. I would love to play back with CJ and Dame. I’ve known those guys for four or five years. Great guys. “I’m building chemistry with this coaching staff. I really like this coaching staff. I’m enjoying Portland. It’s going to start heating up around here soon. “I’m excited about it.”
Whiteside bought a home in Portland because he says he wants to play here beyond this season, after which he becomes a free agent. “I just want to be on a team for a long time,” Whiteside said.
So in other words, I don’t believe Olshey is robo-calling each team trying to unload Whiteside. But he will certainly entertain offers. I would put Whiteside’s chances of staying in Portland at 50/50 right now.
Most notably, the Blazers are now in position to consummate a Hassan Whiteside trade that gets them all the way under. For example, a team needing a big could send Portland $22M in expiring contracts and take back Whiteside and one of Mario Hezonja or Gabriel; that would allow the Blazers to limbo under the tax line.
Haynes has no doubt the Trail Blazers, who are currently 15-22, will make a move. With two valuable expiring contracts, that’s to be expected. “There will be a move made, for sure,” Haynes said. “It’s hard for me to believe that Hassan Whiteside and Kent Bazemore will still be there past the trade deadline.”
Sunday, of course, is the first day players who were acquired in the offseason are eligible to be traded, even though Neil Olshey, the team’s top executive, said this week there is nothing brewing. That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from heating up, which has included one report saying Kevin Love would prefer a trade to Portland. That rumor apparently reached the eyes and ears of Whiteside, who during Tuesday’s game against New York was shouting during play to Anthony that “Kevin Love doesn’t rebound like that!” “And Kevin Love doesn’t block shots like that, either,” Whiteside said Thursday when asked about the Tuesday exchange. “The trade talk … it don’t enter my mind a lot. I was more just messing with Melo. I’m not thinking about it. If we are struggling on defense and you want to (trade him), I mean, good luck. Good luck with that.”
A social-media video he posted featured him yelling about shooters, a reference to Portland’s perimeter game that features guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. A source close to Whiteside said he is looking forward to the opportunity of a new beginning. “It happened,” the source said. “I mean, it was just one of those things. It’s a business. He had to accept what was thrown at him. He liked Miami and what Miami did for him.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami is finalizing a trade to send center Hassan Whiteside to Portland for Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland gets a starting caliber center on an expiring deal as it awaits Jusuf Nurkic’s return from a serious leg injury. Blazers offseason: Whiteside, Kent Bazemore, retain Rodney Hood and draft Nassir Little. Another Western contender loading up.
Tim Reynolds: Riles says there has been no talk about a Hassan Whiteside trade. “There’s nothing going on,” Riles said. “He’s going to come to training camp like everybody else this year and earn it.”
As for Whiteside, he came to AmericanAirlines Arena to work out in recent days. Miami is expected to again explore trading him once he opts in.
The Heat has told teams this offseason that Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are available, according to two opposing front office executives who have spoken to the Heat. But the Heat knows a different combination of more attractive players will be needed to pry away Butler, who averaged 22.2 points per game for Minnesota last season.
We’ve been told by two NBA general managers that the Heat has made Tyler Johnson, Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters available in trade talks this summer.
Center Hassan Whiteside told reporters Wednesday that he met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra last month and he is in a better place with the team now. “We had a great talk,” Whiteside told reporters on a conference call to discuss Saturday’s NBA game in Africa, in which he plans to play. “I just think it’s trust on both sides. I think that’s the biggest thing … It was about a four-hour meeting. It was a lot about life. It was two hours basketball, two hours life. It was a good meeting.”
Former Sixers and Nets center Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft and a former teammate of Winslow’s at Duke, worked out for four NBA teams in Las Vegas last week and has been working out in Miami for the past few months. But a league source said the Heat, already with three centers on the roster and unable to move center Hassan Whiteside in part because of his contract, is not interested in Okafor.
After watching Hassan Whiteside perform unevenly and complain multiple times during an injury-marred season, multiple people on the Heat’s basketball side privately reached the same conclusion earlier this offseason: The Heat should move on from Whiteside and try to find a team willing to trade for him. Heat president Pat Riley was aware of this sentiment, which was confirmed by several sources close to the situation.
Two opposing general managers said last week that Whiteside has been made available but the trade market is limited, if non-existent, for a player who’s due $24.4 million this season and $27.1 million next season and plays a position that has become somewhat devalued.
Whiteside’s return now appears likely, so much so that all parties have begun the process of mending a relationship that grew strained on several occasions last season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said last week that he and Whiteside have been in communication and went to lunch.
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra says he has been in regular contact with Hassan Whiteside, says no issue there and conjecture all overblown.
And unless something significant changes, it’s increasingly likely the Heat will need to wait until the summer of 2020, not 2019, to again be in position to make a franchise-altering free agent signing. That wasn’t necessarily the plan. The Heat has tried to move Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson this offseason but has not found a trade market, according to three people in contact with the team. Dion Waiters’ name also has been raised, one of these people said.
Creating significant space next summer would take moving mountains, either trading at least two — likely three — significant contracts or hoping that Goran Dragic opts out of a $19.2 million payment for 2019-20 or Whiteside opts out of $27.1 million for that season. Dragic could opt out if he has a big season, though there’s a good chance he plays out this contract. It seems unlikely Whiteside opts out, unless he has an All-Star caliber season. Even if the Heat makes Whiteside miserable by further diminishing his playing time, it would seem improbable he walks away from that big a paycheck, according to a source.
The Heat is unsure what is going to happen with Hassan Whiteside’s future here but plans to be fully prepared for a possible return if a suitable trade doesn’t emerge. A source in touch with the Heat’s front office said it’s considered 50-50 at best — perhaps less — if the Heat will be able to trade Whiteside because his value around the league is diminished.
Meanwhile, an NBA friend of Whiteside said Whiteside has not asked for a trade and is very much open to making it work here, even after expressing dissatisfaction with his playing time on multiple occasions last season. Though he wants to play more, he still likes playing in Miami. The disagreement with Erik Spoelstra regarding usage is professional and not personal.
Miami is expected to explore trade options for Whiteside, but the number of teams who could have interest – and have much to offer in return – are limited. Sacramento, Portland, Dallas and Milwaukee are among teams that might be a fit.
What are the chances Boogie signs somewhere on a 1 yr deal to prove himself? My guess is it would be around 20-25 mil and to a team that could afford to do so. I’m a Bulls fan and feel like they could offer him that given that they need a big but want to maintain financial flexibility for 2019. David Aldridge: “I think a short deal is possible, but again: there just aren’t that many teams who have the means or the interest in doing so. Dallas could; the Mavs have long been rumored to have strong interest in Cousins, and their roster and style of play are fits for him. The Bulls have the room but I don’t hear anything indicating they have interest. Robin Lopez has a year left on his deal and I think Chicago is happy with him; the Bulls want to play fast going forward, and that’s not Cousins’ strength. Miami wants to move Hassan Whiteside, but I can’t see New Orleans being interested in a sign-and-trade deal for him involving Cousins.”
But if a guy [Hassan Whiteside] is a 7-footer, and motivated to serve as a rim-roller and a rim-protector and has some offensive game and isn’t a complete jerk and can be melded into the salary cap? He’s still got a place. And yes, if certain “sweeteners” were part of the deal, the Mavericks, I’m told by NBA people close to the situation, could still have a place for him. The Mavs themselves cannot say this, of course; his contract is property of another team, and announcing interest is tantamount to tampering. But the Mavs can and do scout players, all of the players, as all teams do. And I’ll give you an “educated guess” that their opinion of Whiteside, at the right cost, mirrors Whiteside’s opinion of himself.
Center Hassan Whiteside leveled his latest dig against the Heat this week, suggesting on Instagram that he’s not permitted to take perimeter shots. Meanwhile, there is strong sentiment inside the Heat organization to move on from Whiteside and the Heat is expected to explore trades involving him this offseason, according to multiple sources.
This week’s video marked at least the fifth time in recent months that Whiteside has either complained or expressed some level of dissatisfaction about how the Heat handles him – which is one but not the only factor contributing to internal sentiment toward moving on from him this summer, if a viable trade opportunity arises. But the Heat might have difficulty trading him, considering he’s coming off a disappointing season and due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
Most of Whiteside’s complaints in recent months concerned playing time, including an expletive-filled rant that drew a substantial fine from the Heat in late March. In his latest video, Whiteside is seen sinking a long jump shot. “You don’t know I got this jumper,” he said in the video. “There’s a difference between you can’t shoot and you’re not allowed [to shoot].” The Heat declined to comment on the video.
As far as potential trade partners for Whiteside, Dallas — a team that tried to sign Whiteside in the past — appears inclined instead to pursue impending free agent big men. According to The Ringer, Dallas is expected to pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and restricted free agent Julius Randle. From the Heat’s standpoint, there remains sentiment internally toward moving on from Whiteside.
The Miami Heat are reportedly looking to cut Hassan Whiteside following a disastrous season. There is “strong support” among Heat executives for trading Whiteside, although president Pat Riley is still mulling the decision, a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
“This is one of those periods that we know how to manage and help players get through,” Spoelstra said, while speaking to reporters in an end-of-the season news conference. “And when you get through it, there’s tremendous growth opportunity on the other side of that. “We are still here 100 percent to serve and help Hassan reach his dreams.”
Spoelstra, though, clearly is refraining from criticizing Whiteside, for whatever reason, one of which could be the Heat’s desire to trade Whiteside this offseason. “I love working with Hassan,” he said. “I love the journey. I love all of it.”
The Heat was outscored by 75 points with Whiteside on the court during the regular season (second worst on the team behind Dion Waiters) and by 26 points with Whiteside on the court during this playoff series, including minus 14 in Game 5. The Heat is expected to explore a Whiteside trade, with the center due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
Asked for his takeaway from the season, he said, “I’ve got nothing to say.” Asked where he goes next in his Heat career, he said, “We’ll see. I can’t tell you right now.” But he said he did plan to address the issues with Spoelstra and Heat President Pat Riley, saying, “It’s definitely something you can discuss with those guys.”
Barry Jackson: Hassan again makes clear he is unhappy about playing time, plans to talk to Heat officials about future.
As for his future beyond this season, Whiteside said Monday “nobody ever knows their future.” But he said he still feels like a good fit in Miami. “There’s nothing guaranteed except death,” said Whiteside, who is averaging 14.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. “… It’s a business at the end of the day. Right now, I definitely would like to be here. But the Heat make all the decisions.”
Asked if he thought it was time to talk to the coaching staff, Heat President Pat Riley or General Manager Andy Elisburg, Whiteside said, “No. I don’t know if it is because of a minutes restriction or what. The minutes have been like that all year. It’s just really frustrating and it’s been frustrating. “It’s tough. I don’t know man, it’s crazy. I don’t understand it.” Asked if it has him questioning his future with the team, he said. “I don’t know, maybe.” Asked who he might take the issue up with, he said, “I don’t know.”
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.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Alize Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, source tells ESPN. Johnson spent the past two seasons with the Pacers.
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The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “We are thrilled to be able to ensure that a person and a player like Donovan Mitchell will be with the Jazz organization for the long term,” said Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey. “His work ethic, passion and commitment to winning are all qualities that encapsulate Jazz basketball and ever since he arrived in Utah, Donovan has deepened those values for our team. We look forward to helping him continue to grow and continue to make a positive impact in our community.”
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell, on getting his second contract: “I wouldn’t say it was hanging over my head. To do what I did my rookie year, I was in shock. I’m gonna continue to be the same player that got me here.”