Report: 3 Miami Heat Players Being Discussed in Trades in Advance of Deadline

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The Miami Heat made their first trade deadline splash when it was announced that they had sent both Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ryan Anderson.

Now, it seems that three other Heat players could be on the move according to one Miami Heat Beat insider. Those three players are Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, and Dion Waiters.

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The Heat are clearly looking to accomplish two things with these flurry of trades: thin their crowded roster and clear cap space for the upcoming 2019 offseason.

In their first trade with the Suns, the Heat saved around $8 million in taxes. With Whiteside scheduled to earn $27 million next year, and both Olynyk and Waiters signed through the 2020 season, it’s likely that the Heat front office is looking to clear as much cap space as possible to be able to land one of the big fish in the offseason.

It’s unfortunate that Whiteside is on the trading block, as he has seemingly turned a corner regarding his maturity issues. The big man is averaging 13.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks on the season.
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