2016 NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Considering Trading Hassan Whiteside?
Dwight Howard and Al Horford are without a doubt the two most popular big men said to be swirled up in trade rumors at we inch closer to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Don’t say they’re the only ones, though.
The Miami Heat are reportedly stretching their neck to gauge the league’s interest in their own prized big man, young star center, Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside has had some run-ins on the court that have displayed his immaturity and questionable decision-making, while the fact that he hits free agency next summer could make him an awfully expensive signing.
There is the very real possibility the 26-year old shot-blocker leaves for a bigger stage and more cash, but even if he stays in South Beach, the Heat would be paying him handsomely while hoping he can develop into a more consistent threat.
Whiteside has surely flashed brilliance in his two seasons with the Heat, busting out as a solid scorer around the rim, an elite rebounder and an out of this world rim protecter. Inconsistency and immaturity have held him back to this point, however, and could be clouding his future with the team.
All things considered, the powers that be in Miami may see the writing on the wall, which could include an exit scenario coming sooner than Whiteside’s camp may like to believe.
The big question is no longer whether or not Whiteside could be dealt. That possibility is very real for a numbers of reasons, especially with the versatile Chris Bosh being able to slide over at the five. Should Miami be content with that, they could ship Whiteside off elsewhere and potentially either seek a short-term upgrade at center or find a stretch four to work in tandem with Bosh.
Two solid trade possibilities? A swap with the Rockets to land veteran center Dwight Howard, or a deal with the Pelicans to get sharpshooting big man, Ryan Anderson. Markieff Morris is another big with a nice offensive skill-set that could to the trick, but the point is Miami has some options potentially, and they’re openly considering them.
More importantly, depending on the move, dealing Whiteside just might be what shifts a decent playoff team toward becoming a real problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Landing someone like Howard would solidify Miami’s solid defense, would give them a second go-to scoring presence down low and would give them the star power – along with Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic – to compete with the best of the best.
It’s anyone’s guess what the Heat do from here, but their decision on Whiteside will likely show if they’re committed to winning right now, or if they have an eye more on the future. We’ll find out soon enough, as the 2015-16 NBA trade deadline arrives in fast fashion on Thursday afternoon.
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