The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to look to rebuild their roster in the post-LeBron James era. According to new rumors that are floating around the NBA blogosphere, that could involve acquiring one of the league’s most talented big men.
The Cavs are reportedly in talks with the Miami Heat about a trade. The Heat would send Cleveland talented-if-disgruntled center Hassan Whiteside, to pair next to star power forward Kevin Love.
Whiteside has over $52 million owed to him over the next two years. While he has said that he is in a good place with the franchise after a tumultuous 2017-18, the Heat would presumably love to move off that deal.
In return, according to the rumors, the Heat would take on forward Tristan Thompson and sharpshooter Kyle Korver.
Fansided blog All U Can Heat details the rumored Hassan Whiteside trade between the Cavaliers and Heat.
But never shy about making deals, the Cavaliers are rumored to still be interested in Whiteside.
The rumored potential deal would send Whiteside to Cleveland in exchange for Tristan Thompson and Kyle Korver.
This deal would seemingly benefit both sides, as Miami could finally rid themselves of Whiteside and, in turn, receive a big man who is cheaper ($15.3 million as opposed to $22.1 million) and is a valuable asset with playoff experience.
Whiteside would give Cleveland a serious rebounding frontcourt, when paired with Love, and a true rim protector. He led the league in blocks in 2015-16, with an eye-popping 3.7 per game, and did the same in rebounds with 14.1 in 2016-17.
His production dropped a bit last season, as he battled injury. In 54 games, Whiteside averaged 14 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, but had his lowest block number in his entire Heat tenure at 1.7 per game.
The Heat have a weird cap situation, with a number of good-not-great players making pretty big money. Moving Whiteside would give the team more flexibility for the future, as Thompson makes less money, and Korver’s $7.5 million per year deal is only partially guaranteed in 2019-2020.