Whiteside was traded to Portland on Monday in exchange for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Heading into free agency, Whiteside opted into his $27.1 million player option, but the Heat will send him to Portland, where he'll likely slide in as the starting center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a serious lower-leg injury. Whiteside's fantasy value has been all on a gradual decline over the last three seasons, but it's mostly been due to dwindling opportunity. Last season, Whiteside averaged just 23.3 minutes per contest but still managed to post 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
Whiteside has exercised his $27.1 million player option, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
As expected, Whiteside will guarantee himself $27.1 million rather than test the open market. Toward the end of last season, he lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo, and Whiteside ultimately averaged 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks across 23.3 minutes. It would be surprising to seem him garner a bigger role with the Heat next season.
Whiteside is expected to opt into the final year of his contract with the Heat, the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside is due to make more than $27 million next season, so the decision is close to a no-brainer, from his perspective, though his expected return to the Heat will once again bring questions about his role. The big man lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo down the stretch last season, and he subsequently expressed his concern over his workload. "I don't think I'm a 20-minute guy," Whiteside said back in April. "I average what, 20 minutes? So I think I can play more and I can do more. So I definitely think what I bring to the game is at a high level for my position. You know, I led the league in categories that you would want a big man to lead the league in. I feel like I can keep doing that." Going forward, Whiteside will be a part of Miami's regular rotation, though it's unclear if he'll have a chance to reclaim his starting center spot. It's also quite possible the Heat try to move Whiteside at some point, as his expiring status makes his salary more palatable for another team to take on.
Whiteside totaled 17 points 7-10 FG, 3-6 FT), 13 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes during Saturday's 100-92 victory over the Knicks.
Whiteside still played just 20 minutes Saturday but was able to come away with a productive line. He ended with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his first double-double in over two weeks. He has been a huge disappointment down the stretch and his future is certainly a topic that will be debated across the off-season. At this stage, he is firmly behind Bam Adebayo on the depth chart and is more of a streaming option for the remaining games.
Whiteside finished with 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-6 FT), nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes during Friday's 116-87 loss to the Bucks.
Whiteside came off the bench again Friday but saw more playing time that Bam Adebayo, who managed just 18 minutes. The game was ugly and the rotations certainly reflected the overall play of the Heat. Despite coming off the bench, Whiteside has been maintaining standard league relevance, although, the playing time here is likely to reduce again Saturday against the Wizards.
Whiteside scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes off the bench during Friday's 113-98 loss to the Bucks.
The Heat's efforts to limit his court time and keep him fresh seem to be paying off. Whiteside has grabbed a double-double in four of the last five games, averaging 12.8 points, 11.0 boards and 1.6 blocks over that stretch despite not playing more than 23 minutes in any of them.
Whiteside totaled 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block across 20 minutes off the bench in the Heat's win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Whiteside came off the bench for the fifth straight game on Wednesday, posting a double-double in just 20 minutes of action. In those five starts, he's still managed to be productive, averaging 10.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 19.2 minutes. His decrease in minutes have driven his price down in daily formats, where he makes an excellent punt-play because of his double-double upside.
Whiteside scored 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench during Friday's 126-110 win over the Cavaliers.
It was far from his most productive effort, but Whiteside still chipped in his second straight double-double. He seems to be taking to his current bench role well enough, but the 23 minutes he saw Friday were his most in three games since returning from a hip injury. If Miami continues to limit his court time in an effort to keep the brittle big man healthy, his production will suffer.
Whiteside posted 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-3 FT), 15 rebounds and four blocks across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 91-84 win over the Hornets.
After being ineffective and playing just 15 minutes in his first game back from the hip injury, Whiteside registered a huge game Wednesday night, highlighted by nine offensive rebounds. He should be back in the starting lineup before long as he works his way back to full health.
Whiteside will come off the bench Monday against Atlanta, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside will make his return after missing three game with a hip injury, but the Heat will stick with a starting frontcourt of Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk.
Whiteside (hip) will play Monday against Atlanta, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Whiteside was initially listed as questionable, but he'll make his return to action after missing the last three games with a hip injury. The big man's return could mean reduced roles for both Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk.
Whiteside (hip) is questionable for Monday's game against Atlanta, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside has missed three straight contests due to a left hip strain, although he could return to the floor in time for Monday's clash. Miami should update Whiteside's status as tipoff nears.
Whiteside (hip) has been ruled out of Saturday's tilt with the Nets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Saturday's game will mark Whiteside's third-straight absence due to a left hip strain. The veteran center appears to be close to returning with his next opportunity to play coming Monday against the Hawks.
Whiteside (hip) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Nets, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside, who is nursing a left hip pointer, has missed the last two games. He'll likely end up being a game-time decision again Saturday, but if he is sidelined for a third straight contest, Bam Adebayo would be in line for another start at center.
Whiteside (hip) did not travel with the team for Thursday's game against the Rockets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Whiteside will be sidelined for the second straight game in as many days while he continues to nurse a hip pointer. It's unclear how long Whiteside will be out for at this point, but his next chance to play will be when Miami returns home Saturday to take on the Nets. Bam Adebayo, who posted 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Warriors, is in line to start at center again Thursday.
Whiteside has been ruled out Wednesday against the Warriors due to a hip pointer, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
It's an unfortunate blow for not only Whiteside, but also for the Heat as they welcome the former NBA Champions to town Wednesday. Whiteside's injury is reported to be a hip pointer and it's currently unknown just how severe the injury may be. With the Heat having back-to-back games starting Wednesday, Whiteside's status for the Heat's next game against Houston may also be in jeopardy. The Marshall product will likely be tabbed as a game-time decision heading into Thursday.
Whiteside went for 29 points (14-19 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 27 minutes during Monday's 124-121 loss to the Suns.
Whiteside had combined for just 29 points across the last four games combined, but he matched his season high scoring total in this one. The 29-year-old big man has accumulated 30 double-doubles across 53 appearances this season, this compared to 28 in 54 appearances in 2017-18. His career-best mark (58 in 77 games during 2016-17) is out of the question, but Whiteside remains a nightly double-double threat nonetheless.
Whiteside finished with 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals over 31 minutes in the Heat's loss to the Pistons on Saturday.
Whiteside posted a monster double-double, though his efforts weren't enough to overcome the Pistons in Saturday's loss. His production has been inconsistent this season, as Saturday's double-double was his first in four games after recording one in five straight prior to that. Whiteside has enormous potential, but he can't seem to string together consistent production on a nightly basis.
Whiteside produced 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 FT), 14 rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes in the Heat's 120-118 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Whiteside tied Kelly Olynyk for fewest minutes on the starting five, but he made excellent use of them. The big man extended a stretch of ultra-efficient production with Sunday's performance, as he now has five double-doubles in as many February games, despite not playing more than 31 minutes in any. Whiteside has actually accomplished the feat in eight of the last nine games overall, and Sunday saw a streak of eight consecutive contests with at least one block come to an end. He'll look to continue churning out stellar numbers versus the Nuggets on Monday night.
Whiteside posted 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 FT), 19 rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks across 28 minutes in the Heat's 102-96 loss to the Kings on Friday.
Despite the disappointing outcome from a team perspective, it was yet another dominating performance for Whiteside. The big man rattled off his fourth double-double in as many February games, posting his best rebound total since Nov. 20 in the process. Whiteside was thought to be a potential trade-deadline candidate at one point, but he's now exploded for seven double-doubles across his last eight contests since a mid-to-late-January slump.
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