Heat Trade Rumors: Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow Among Players Available

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2018

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The Miami Heat would reportedly be willing to trade Hassan Whiteside and/or Justise Winslow if it meant landing Jimmy Butler.

Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Sunday that the two are on a small list of players who could be made available via trade. Miami is also willing to ship out Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters.

The report noted Whiteside is generally available rather than just as part of a package for Butler, who requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. Winslow, meanwhile, would likely only be moved in the event of a Butler deal.

The idea that Whiteside is available is unsurprising. The enigmatic center drew widespread criticism for his dreadful play during the 2018 postseason, and the team fined him in April after he publicly complained about playing time.

Heat president Pat Riley called out Whiteside for not being in shape during the playoffs. Riley, Whiteside and head coach Erik Spoelstra met in July to hash out their differences.

"We had a great talk," Whiteside told reporters. "I just think it's trust on both sides. I think that's the biggest thing ... It was about a four-hour meeting. It was a lot about life. It was two hours basketball, two hours life. It was a good meeting."

Whiteside is due $52.5 million over the next two seasons. The Heat would be more than happy to get out from under that deal and turn over the starting job to Bam Adebayo, who flashed major potential during his rookie campaign.

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Winslow will be a restricted free agent this summer if he and the Heat cannot come to terms on a contract extension by opening night in mid-October. The Herald reported the two sides are nowhere close to a deal at the moment.

Winslow has not developed into the star the Heat hoped for when they took him 10th overall in 2015. But he is already a stellar defender and has an improving three-point shot that could turn him into a powerful three-and-D weapon this season. Still just 22 years old, Winslow has enough potential that he may entice the defensive-minded Tom Thibodeau to consider a trade.