Report: Los Angeles Lakers Looking to Target Hassan Whiteside Before Trade Deadline

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It’s no secret that the Hassan Whiteside and Miami Heat marriage may be coming to an end soon.

According to Kevin Pelton of, the Los Angeles Lakers may be looking to trade for Whiteside before the trade deadline. Via Pelton:

“With DeMarcus Cousins assuredly out of the picture with the Sacramento Kings fighting for a playoff spot… that could make Whiteside an obvious target in free agency this summer…

Trading players or picks for him would only make sense to prevent the Miami Heat from trading him elsewhere at the deadline.”

The Lakers are in desperate need of a legitimate post presence. They are currently relying on Roy Hibbert and Larry Nance Jr. as the starters in the frontcourt, and needless to say, it’s not getting the job done. The Lakers rank 19th in rebounds per game and 28th in points allowed.

Whiteside is due to become a free agent this year, and unless something changes, it’s going to be financially impossible for the team to re-sign Whiteside. If the Heat choose to re-sign Dwyane Wade to an annual salary anywhere near the $20 million he’s earning this year, the team won’t be able to offer the max contract Whiteside will likely garner in the free agency market.

If Miami parts ways with Whiteside before the trade deadline, they can get some draft picks and more importantly, a shooter such as Lou Williams to improve their dreadful three-point shooting.

With the Heat barely hanging on for a playoff spot at the midway point of the season, Pat Riley may have to shake up the roster once again if the team has any chance of competing for a championship in 2016.
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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.