The respect has endured through the departure and assuredly would be there if there is a return. Hassan Whiteside said as much Saturday when the discussion turned to a possible Miami Heat reunion with Dwyane Wade.
“It’d be great,” Whiteside said at a fundraiser for his Whiteside Foundation. “It’s a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great.”
That, of course, is if Wade receives a buyout from the rebuilding Chicago Bulls, having joined his hometown team last summer on a two-year deal after a contract impasse with the Heat.
Whiteside played his first two seasons with the Heat alongside Wade and said there would be no concerns about the franchise’s all-time leading scorer being worked into what has become a revised mix under coach Erik Spoelstra.
“He’s a great basketball-IQ guy,” the shot-blocking center said, shortly after Spoelstra and teammates James Johnson and Wayne Ellington arrived at the Miami River Yacht Club. “He can find you on a lob. He can find you on a pick-and-roll situation. He’s a great scorer.”
Sources: Trae Young Had ‘secret workout’ with Cavaliers Saturday
Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today:
Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today: https://t.co/hpiDE2e70Y
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 19, 2018
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Sources: Mikal Bridges Top Target for 76ers at No. 10
Sources: Raptors Gauging Market on Norman Powell
Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.
Although they believe he can bounce back, the team’s depth has made Powell expendable. If they’re going to move him, this might be the best time to do it.
Source: Josh Lewenberg of TSN