The Dwyane Wade era in Miami has officially drawn to a close. Hassan Whiteside and Chris Bosh will have to play a larger offensive role next season. However, only one of them is guaranteed a roster spot.
Whiteside has been working on his offensive game this summer. He wants to improve his jump-shooting and ball-handling to help the team get easy baskets in transition as well as in their half-court sets.
“I want to get the rebound and push it in transition,” Whiteside shared to NBA.com. “I’m not trying to say I’m going to be Goran Dragic or anything, but I just feel like a couple dribbles up the court could help speed up our offense.”
The 7-foot center is eager to prove he deserves every penny of his new $98 million contract with the Heat. He said fans can expect more of him and Goran Dragic next season.
“Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better,” said Whiteside. “Next year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better.”
Whiteside left Chris Bosh out of the equation, and rightfully so. Bosh has been working out with the team, but there are nagging reports that his playing career is in serious jeopardy.
Even Pat Riley isn’t sure if Bosh will suit up for the Heat next season. Persistent blood clot issues have derailed his return to the team, as per NBC Sports.
The sweet-shooting power forward still has three seasons and around $75 million remaining from the five-year contract he signed back in 2014. The team is hoping for the best, but is also gearing up for the worst.
“One of the only things you can count on in life that’s permanent, it’s one of my favorite sayings, is change,” Riley told ESPN. “And when change raises its beautiful or ugly face, you’ve got to deal with it. You’ve got to adapt and move on.”