Hassan Whiteside has a real chance of receiving a max contract this summer, as one scout told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Whiteside’s offensive ability is a major reason why he will be able to command such a deal. “He is a much better version than [Bismack] Biyombo. He can score. You’re not playing four on five,” the scout told Winderman.
Here’s more from the Southeast Division:
- If the Heat are going to trade Goran Dragic, the team will likely need at least one first-round pick in return, Winderman speculates in the same piece. Miami gave up two future first-rounders in order to obtain Dragic last season.
- Dan Craig, who previously served as the coach of the Heat’s D-League affiliate, will join Erik Spoelstra’s staff as an assistant coach, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald passes along.
- The Wizards need to find a third big man who can play with both Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris, Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic writes. Standig names Ersan Ilyasova and Mirza Teletovic as low cost options.