When one of the sharpest minds in the NBA media endorses a trade involving Hassan Whiteside, it’d be wise to at least consider it.
ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh brought up such a deal centered around dealing Whiteside and Luol Deng to New Orleans in exchange for the sweet-shooting Ryan Anderson (40% from three this season).
“[New Orleans] might get more but you never know with Dell Demps in New Orleans,” Haberstroh said on Zaslow and Joy last week. “He might look at Hassan Whiteside and be like what if I had these two monsters in the paint together? I don’t think anyone would score on us.”
All three are on expiring contracts, balancing the scales in terms of value beyond this season. The move makes sense for Miami because it gives them an efficient floor-stretcher to wreck offensive havoc with Chris Bosh and open up the floor more for Miami’s attacking perimeter duo of Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. It works for New Orleans if they want to test out a defense built around the league’s top two ball swatters in Whiteside and Anthony Davis.
There obviously would be no assurances Whiteside would re-sign with New Orleans in the summer, but it’d be the same case for Anderson and Miami.
The Trade Machine approves but you may want to keep this away from Hassan’s Twitter and Instagram.