The Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets have discussed trading Dwight Howard for Hassan Whiteside, according to sources.
Dwight Howard didn’t click with the Houston Rockets this season. He is set to become a free agent in the off-season. Heat don’t own the bird rights of Whiteside, as reported by Morning News USA on Monday. The team eyeing him needs to re-sign him on a contract he merits in pen market using cap-space.
Hassan Whiteside is in the final year of his contract, which pays him only $980,000, according to the SB Nation. Center Whiteside is eyeing a $15 million max contract in free agency this season.
Well, the Rockets have reasons to feel interested in Hassan Whiteside. He has posted numbers that are fascinating this season. He has posted 12.2 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game and holds a Heat-leading 23.8 PER in this edition of the league.
The move is aimed at sending multiple pieces to Houston along with talented and temperamental big man Whiteside. Howard, due to recent injuries, have failed to live up to expectations in the defensive end, reports CBS Sports.
Will Whiteside’s inclusion increase the chances of the Rockets to make it to the playoffs?