Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Listening to Trade Offers for Hassan Whiteside

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The Miami Heat are open to trading Hassan Whiteside, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

While the Heat are open to trading the 26-year-old center, there are a couple of problems that exist that will make it very hard for the team to trade Whiteside. One of the issues is that his salary of $981,348 makes it nearly impossible to trade him without attaching other players to the deal.

Secondly, Whiteside will become a free agent in 2016. It leaves very little reason for a contender with valuable pieces to trade for Whiteside when there is no guarantee he will re-sign with that particular team after the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

While the young center is dazzling with his stat line of 12.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game, advanced statistics don’t portray as nice of a picture—opponents are shooting 47.9 percent at the rim versus the 7-foot Whiteside. It is a number that would be lower if Whiteside didn’t spend as much time trying to swat shots.

The team has also dealt with numerous on-court incidents with the young center during his one-and-a-half year run with the Heat. The former second-round draft pick purposely elbowed San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic in the fourth quarter of a 119-101 loss on Tuesday night. Following the incident, the team sent Whiteside home.

The Heat may be just gauging trade interest for their young center, but don’t be surprised if Pat Riley is able to conjure up a trade scenario that sees Whiteside leave South Beach before the trade deadline.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.