The Heat Reportedly Won’t Trade Hassan Whiteside Before The Deadline

02.03.18 3 months ago

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Hassan Whiteside may no longer be beefing with Joel Embiid, but he does have a few unresolved concerns as the trade deadline in the NBA approaches. In his sixth season, the Miami Heat big has averaged 14.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.

Whiteside is paid like a star in Miami, and the 28 year old’s talent is unmistakable, but rumors have dogged him this year that Miami may be looking elsewhere at center. That’s been especially true given the emergence of rookie Bam Adebayo and a strong season at center for former Celtic Kelly Olynyk.

But trading away Whiteside and his $25 million contract (and $27 million player option in 2019-20) is harder than it may appear. Though Whiteside’s minutes have reduced this season, he’s still performed well. He is the highest paid member of the Heat, though, and the franchise may be looking for replacements.

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