Heat Failing To Find Trade Market For Several Players

The Heat have tried to deal both Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson this offseason but found a lack of interest in the pair of expensive veterans, sources tell Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Whiteside will make roughly $25.4MM this season before he gets to deliberate a $27.1MM player option in the summer of 2019, He’s seemed unhappy with his playing time late in the 2017/18 campaign and it’s fair to wonder whether he would be open to a buyout if the team can’t trade his enormous contract. However, even if Miami makes the center miserable by further reducing his playing time, Jackson hears that it’s unlikely Whiteside walks away from the money.

Johnson will take home $19.2MM as part of the four-year pact he signed two summers ago. The Nets had presented the shooting guard with a $50MM offer sheet during the player-friendly 2016 free agent period. The offer spread more than 75% of Johnson’s total salary over the final two years of the deal. Miami surprisingly matched at the time and they’re now facing the first of two $19MM+ salary years.

Jackson adds that Dion Waiters has also been brought up in trade talks. Waiters has three years and approximately $36MM left on his contract.

Miami has no clear path to cap space next summer without moving the aforementioned players. Top names like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, and Klay Thompson are expected to hit the market and the team won’t be in a position to make a patented Pat Riley free agency pitch unless it gets creative with its roster.

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22 thoughts on “Heat Failing To Find Trade Market For Several Players

  1. acarneglia

    That backloaded Tyler Johnson contract is nearly impossible to deal. I wonder if Orlando would swap Mozgov for Whiteside

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    • oriolesravenstimberwolves04

      Good thought there with Mozgov. Didn’t think about that

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    • Never understood why they matched the Nets.

      Doubt Orlando would make such a deal – why would they take on even more money for a third center?

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      • SuperSinker

        Ya no real need to block the path to Bamba any more than it is

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      • 2015 looked like the beginning of a trend of rising salary caps but it was all a mirage leading to deals like his Deng, Mozgov, Biyombo, etc.

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  2. Z-A

    Lol, yea so why did you match Johnson? No one saw that coming.

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  3. paladin

    Quite the list of ”senior” moments for Riley. Multi-year back loaded deals are painful. Might have to give himself an executive TO & sit in the corner for two years until he can stretch or deal away some of these boo boo’s. They gave up a quality draft pick (20 or 21)if memory serves so he needs to just stop, look & listen. (Step down) Ponder that!!!

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    • Bransonreynolds

      Yea they won’t have a 2021 first rounder for the super draft. 76ers now own it

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  4. formerlyz

    I wouldn’t trade Tyler Johnson anyway, and we already knew moving Whiteside wouldn’t be possible. Waiters is coming off the injury, so that makes it harder to move him too. I’m just hoping we keep Ellington, sign Melo to our exception/part of it or the minimum after he gets bought out, and keep Wade for the rest of/the full exception depending on what Melo gets. We would be hard capped for 1 year, but whatever. This team would have a lot of depth, which will help us finally deal with injuries, and then we’ll have a bunch of expiring salary to utilize

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    • agentx

      Bosh isn’t coming back, at least not within the life of this contract. Are there any even vaguely useful players with expiring contracts that Riley could with Bosh’s blessing trade his contract to acquire?

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  5. Familia1931

    I’d like Dragic and Whiteside in LA to put aling Bron, Kuz, B.I. We can guve up Lonzo and the new guy wagner.

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      • x%sure

        Also “with”, and a yachtload of matching salaries. It would take Lebron!

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        • Familia1931

          Lol, yup. But whiteside would not have to do a lot. Defense, And catch lobs, rebounds. Lakers have room.

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  6. moazetongue

    Tough at this point as the vast majority of teams have the same type of players they also are trying to dump on a team. The card game “pass the poo” comes to mind.

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  7. kenly0

    Pat Riley should be fired for matching the T. Johnson contract.

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  8. Funny how all the GM’s trying to get rid of all the dreadful contracts, they themselves gave to players, I still can see why they gave it to Whiteside, not how they treated him after… but T. Johnson or Waiters, man they suck, why all these FO guys do such bad deals & keep their jobs escape me. Like Kupchak (at least got fired), Morey, Riley, Gar/Pax & so on… all of them are not good enough for their jobs, as simple as.

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    • A lot of GMs likely have some pressure from their owners to retain certain players. Teams also tend to overpay to keep their own guys when the team starts to have success. At least in Riley’s case, he’s proven to be a winner (as a coach and GM, although it helped that LeBron and Bosh went there), so that’s why he gets the pass.

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  9. dust44

    No team wants bigs that can’t shoot with huge contracts. No1 will take that contract on without a pick attached to it. Whiteside isn’t that good anyway. He was out played by Bam and will b an anchor contract weighing down Miami’s chance to do anything to a very dry roster

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