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Report: Miami Heat will explore trades for Hassan Whiteside this summer

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Immediately after the Miami Heat's season came to an end with a first-round playoff exit to the Philadelphia 76ers, Hassan Whiteside expressed his frustration with how his campaign played out.

The center was a non-factor in the matchup against the Sixers and played limited minutes in the five games.

It capped a disappointing year for the big man as he endured both injuries and a loss of form throughout the season.

This culminated in head coach Erik Spoelstra losing faith in the 27-year-old when it really mattered against Philly, choosing to give more minutes to Kelly Olynyk instead.

Whiteside lamented the lack of playing time he got in the playoffs and believes he wasn't given a fair crack.

"At least give me a chance to fight. At least give me a chance to fight. I can understand if I was playing 30 minutes and I played bad. At least give me a chance," he said after the game, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

When asked by reporters about his future with the Heat, he simply stated: "We'll see. I can't tell you right now."

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Four

He later admitted he would be speaking to Spoelstra and president Pat Riley to air his grievances and get assurances about his role on the team.

"It's definitely something you can discuss with those guys," he said.

According to the latest reports surrounding Whiteside and Miami, it appears his days in Florida may be numbered.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Heat are looking to explore trades for the veteran and are willing to put him on the market.

Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers

For much of the year, the Heat have been a much better outfit without Whiteside in the lineup as Olynyk is more mobile and can space the floor with his outside shooting.

It was clear that Spoelstra preferred using a small ball unit without Whiteside as they had more success on the floor.

On April 1, the seven-footer said "there are a lot of teams that can use a center" in a rant about his reduced minutes and this was the clearest indication that he was considering his future in South Beach.

The Heat signed the shot-blocking big to a four-year, $98 million contract in 2016 and were committed to making him the face of their franchise.

But just two years later, the organisation is keen to get him off their books, which won't be easy with the money he's expected to earn.

Whiteside is due to make $25.4 million next season with a $27.1 million player option for 2019-20.

Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers

With his inability to shoot threes, it'll be extremely difficult for Miami to shift that contract for a center who primarily plays inside.

But it's now clear that if they do receive a suitable offer, they'll be more than willing to part ways with him.

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Topics:
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Hassan Whiteside
Dwyane Wade

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