Heat Open To Dealing Hassan Whiteside?

10:14 pm: A team spokesperson denies the ESPN report, telling Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (Twitter link) that the center is not available in trade talks.

9:45 pm: No player on the Heat is untouchable in trade talks, including Hassan Whiteside, Zach Lowe reports in his latest podcast. Lowe added that he believes the team is “open for business” regarding its willingness to shake things up.

It was previously reported that there’s a growing sense that the franchise will seriously explore moving Goran Dragic and other veterans prior to the deadline. However, Marc Stein of ESPN reported last week that the asking price for the point guard remains “too high to encourage any serious trade discussions.” 

Whiteside signed a four-year, $98MM deal with Miami over the offseason and despite putting up impressive stats, he hasn’t been able to elevate the team in the win column. It remains to be seen what the team would want in return for the 27-year-old, though I speculate it would take at least an unprotected first-round pick or a promising player on a rookie deal to pry him from South Beach. The Blazers and Mavs were among the teams to show interest in the big man during free agency.

Miami currently owns the second spot in our Reverse Standings, which means if the season ended today, the franchise would have a 19.9% chance at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The Heat are in good position to angle for that top pick by executing a tanking strategy, though there has been no indication that they plan on taking that route at this time.

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18 thoughts on “Heat Open To Dealing Hassan Whiteside?

  1. bsteady powers

    Kevin Love , Iman Shumpert, Cavs 1st and 2nd rounders for Whiteside and Heat first rounder.

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    • Way too much for Whiteside, don’t know why the cavs would want to trade any of their core three either. Kevin Love’s floor spacing helps the team tremendously

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      • Reasonable

        Cavs won’t win unless they make a major upgrade from inconsistent Kevin Love. He’s done way better this year, but is unreliable in pressure situations . Whiteside would be a giant up grand answering some weaknesses the cavs have. Also shumpert for Rondo would help distribute the ball better, at the same time being able to cut down LeBron minutes. They have more than enough three point shooting. They desperately need a big and a distributor. Everyone has to agree that Love at crunch time in the playoffs was awful. Last year was a Cinderella story and for it to turn out the way it did many little things had to happen.

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    • Smithelheimer

      They can’t really trade any more first rounders until 2021

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      • acarneglia

        Maybe Tristan Thompson and Shumpert and a pick or two for Babbitt and Whiteside

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        • jj954
          Jason Jeffrey

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Whiteside is worth hell of alot more

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    • Why would the Heat do that? They would have one of the top three picks at this point. Cavs would drool at such a deal…

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    • old_cheapy_fred

      Maybe last year when it appeared the Cavs’ chemistry wasn’t right, they may have roled the dice. Even then, Whiteside is a poor fit with any team that has Thompson (and he’s no Kevin Love in any event). Few teams would value the Heat pick less than the Cavs (with a window that includes this year and the next 2). The Cavs also have no picks to trade. Maybe Thompson and Shumpert for Whiteside, with a 3rd team taking Thompson for a 1st rounder. But why mess with a formula that’s finally working?

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  2. Smithelheimer

    How about Amir Johnson Jaylen Brown and the Nets pick this year. Celtics need rim protection and rebounding and that helps the heat youth movement.

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    • emarque

      There with you on CELTS trade but would trade johnson,brown and 2019 CELTS draft pick. not 2 top 5 picks

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      • DarkGhost

        Celtics picks aren’t even going to be top 20. Why would the Heat want the Celtic picks. They can get better picks from a different team. Those Brooklyn picks are the Celtics main currency. Also this years draft is PG heavy. The top 4 prospects are all point guards. The Celtics already have an all star PG so why not trade these Brooklyn picks for a star in an area they need. Unless they are going to draft the 5th best player with the 1st or 2nd pick.

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  3. Formerlyz

    As a heat fan, please trade Whiteside for a young player and a 2017 first rounder. The report isn’t that Whiteside isn’t available. It’s yhat they aren’t shopping him. They’re taking calls on him though. I really hope they trade him, as I’ve been talking about

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  4. old_cheapy_fred

    If the Mavs are as desperate to win in Dirk’s last year(s) as they seem, they might be the suckers to take the Heat’s max players (Whiteside and Dragic) for their 2017 pick (unprotected) and maybe a future protected pick, along with a bunch of expiring deals. Two very high picks plus cap space would fast forward a rebuild.

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  5. Spurskid

    Spurs should trade for him right now will trade pau gasol danny green and spurs future 2017 1st round pick for whiteside and dragic!

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  6. Z-A

    Heat get: Sergio Rodriguez, Jahlil Okafor, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier
    Celtics get: Hassan Whiteside, Robert Covington
    Sixers get: Goran Dragic, Amir Johnson & a couple future 2nd round picks.

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    • Z-A

      Heat get Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier
      Celtics get Whiteside

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  7. Reasonable BB

    Love and McRae for Chris Paul and their backup center

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