It’s that time of year when everyone is ready to react to a playoff loss. The Heat lost in five games to the Sixers, so it’s their turn.
However, the future of Hassan Whiteside is a legitimate question. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post speculates whether the Knicks would make an interesting trade partner.
So would the Heat be willing to trade Whiteside? At this point, the answer is yes. Given how much better they looked when Olynyk played, rookie Bam Adebayo’s potential and the chance to move Whiteside’s remaining $52 million over the next two seasons — no chance he’d pass on the $27 million player option he’s owed in 2019-20 — it’s easy to see why moving on from him would be appealing.
Perhaps the New York Knicks would be willing to give up Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls’ second round pick for Whiteside. Noah is the definition of dead salary (even though he’s on the books for about $37 million the next two years). Miami potentially could buy Noah out to save a few million more if he had another destination in mind.
Whiteside is owed approximately $7-8 million more than Noah over the next two years, with the final year a player option he will likely accept. As the Knicks look to shed salary off their books ahead of 2019, and assuming they would share the same concerns about Whiteside that has led to the Heat’s dissatisfaction, I don’t see this as a likely scenario.