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July 1, 2019, 1:07 pmHassan WhitesideC, Trail Blazers
The Heat will send Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers when the offseason moratorium ends.
Whiteside will start at center while Jusuf Nurkic is on the mend, and he'll give Portland some more muscle, rebounding and rim-running presence than presumed starter Zach Collins would've. Last season saw Whiteside bust out to a big start before losing some time to injury and only making 53 starts in his 72 appearances, finishing with borderline top-100 fantasy value in 23.3 mpg. He should be able to get more minutes in Portland, but it likely won't be a big increase. He's the same player as ever for fantasy purposes, but perhaps the change of scenery gets him to refocus a bit. Bam Adebayo is going to feast in Miami, and hopefully the hype train doesn't run off the tracks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 12:37 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
The Heat and Blazers are finalizing a deal that would send Hassan Whiteside to Portland in exchange for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard.
The Heat and Whiteside have been headed for divorce for some time now, and they've finally found a way out from his big contract. Whiteside should start at center and split minutes with Zach Collins until Jusuf Nurkic is healthy again, while Harkless and Leonard get added to a deep frontcourt rotation in Miami.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 21, 2019, 1:39 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside officially opted into his $27.1 million player option for next season, as expected, but multiple reports are saying that he did not request a trade.
Perhaps Whiteside knows how unlikely it is that he'll be traded while making that much money. He's been upset with his playing time for a couple years running now (just 23.3 mpg last year) and would obviously like a fresh start — so would the Heat, probably — but as long as he's not causing a fuss in the locker room it's definitely a workable situation. Consider Whiteside one of the league's best shot-blocking specialists whose one-dimensional game will leave him with late-middle round value. He's a borderline early-round guy if you punt free throws, though.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 5:28 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
According to Tim Reynolds of the AP, there is a growing sense that Hassan Whiteside will ask for a trade from the Heat when he is officially allowed to opt in to his player option for next season.
A Whiteside trade has been the speculation of many Heat fans and pundits for a while now, as the big man has been upset about his role on the team. Now that Whiteside will be an expensive expiring contract next season, it'll be a lot easier for the Heat to find a trade partner willing to take a flier on him. With Whiteside's value dropping and the Heat having a cemented seat inside the luxury tax, it may not take much more than cap relief to get him.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
June 17, 2019, 10:55 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
According to Barry Jackson, Hassan Whiteside is expected to opt into the final year of his deal, which would pay him $27.1 million.
This was obviously anticipated, but with Whiteside dissatisfied with his current role with the Heat, there was a sliver of doubt that he'd want to stay in Miami. Jackson mentions that there were talks regarding a Whiteside for Mike Conley deal that didn't get very far. The Heat will be looking at a luxury tax bill unless they can cut some salary, so Whiteside isn't a lock to remain on the roster. A change of scenery could help his fantasy outlook, as unlikely as a trade may be. We're likely to see him return in a backup center role that limits him to late-round fantasy production at best.
Source: Miami Herald
April 11, 2019, 12:03 amHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside sat out the season's final game with a DNP-CD on Wednesday,
While Whiteside played 72 games this season (53 starts), his minutes dropped again, down to just 23.3 per game. The numbers that dive his borderline-top-100 season are 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 57.1 percent FGs and 44.9 percent FTs. Those that keep expecting him to leave or be traded probably have another season to wait, as he has a lucrative player-option to stay with the Heat. Whiteside is going the wrong way as he approaches age 30, but he could still be a steal if you're punting free throws since his rank jumps to 43/27 (8/9-cat) per-game.
April 10, 2019, 12:14 amHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside did not need much time (14 minutes) in Tuesday's win over the Sixers to deliver 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting with nine rebounds, two steals and four blocks.
Whiteside has been solid with his minutes managed this way. He's become somewhat of a per-minute stud since finding a way to explode with energetic play in spurts since the All-Star break.
April 3, 2019, 10:58 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside put up 18 points and 15 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting in a loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.
He played 21 minutes and continued the trend of games where he gets points and rebounds on good shooting without adding much else to the game. He had zero assists, zero steals, zero blocks and missed all four of his attempts from the stripe. He is at top-150 value over the past month while Bam Adebayo is top-50, so it is possible there has been a shift in power at the center position in Miami. Adebayo had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks on 5-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
March 30, 2019, 10:44 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside was able to collect 17 points (7-of-10 shooting), 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Saturday's win over the Knicks.
Whiteside has been a top-150 player in the past two weeks and his lack of minutes is the result of that. He's currently averaging 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game. He's still a late-round asset but if you need help in other categories, feel free to let him go.
March 26, 2019, 11:07 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside played just 15 minutes and had 10 points, two rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.
Whiteside has reached 20 minutes just once in his last seven games, averaging about 15 minutes over that span. If you need a shot at one of his sporadically great games, you can hold onto him, but if you need something reliable, feel free to move on. Bam Adebayo had nine points, 11 boads, three dimes and two steals in his 30-minute start.
March 23, 2019, 11:35 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside only played five minutes on Saturday night against the Wizards.
Washington trends very small but it's still surprising that Whiteside couldn't get more run than this, even accounting for a big game from Bam Adebayo. Whiteside managed two points, three rebounds and a block in his time on the floor and should bounce back in the next one.
March 23, 2019, 12:25 amHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside was able to collect 14 points (6-of-8 shooting), nine rebounds and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Bucks.
Milwaukee was up by 25 points after three quarters so this counts as the best Heat line of the night as everyone saw their minutes reduced. Whiteside has taken a back seat to Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo lately but remains a standard-league value thanks to his prolific output in blocks. It's not going to be an easy ride, but there's still late-round value at least.
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