Center Hassan Whiteside leveled his latest dig against the Heat this week, suggesting on Instagram that he’s not permitted to take perimeter shots. Meanwhile, there is strong sentiment inside the Heat organization to move on from Whiteside and the Heat is expected to explore trades involving him this offseason, according to multiple sources.
This week’s video marked at least the fifth time in recent months that Whiteside has either complained or expressed some level of dissatisfaction about how the Heat handles him – which is one but not the only factor contributing to internal sentiment toward moving on from him this summer, if a viable trade opportunity arises. But the Heat might have difficulty trading him, considering he’s coming off a disappointing season and due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
Most of Whiteside’s complaints in recent months concerned playing time, including an expletive-filled rant that drew a substantial fine from the Heat in late March. In his latest video, Whiteside is seen sinking a long jump shot. “You don’t know I got this jumper,” he said in the video. “There’s a difference between you can’t shoot and you’re not allowed [to shoot].” The Heat declined to comment on the video.
Hassan Whiteside — "There's a difference between 'you can't shoot and you're not allowed’ [to shoot]" 👀 pic.twitter.com/vgQ9yiT3sJ
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