The Portland Trail Blazers need another star to be considered one of the top contenders in the Western Conference. The latest NBA free agency rumors have the Oregon-based team linked to Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside, who is an unrestricted free agent this 2016 offseason.
NBADraft.net tweeted an interesting speculation Thursday about the possibility of Whiteside joining stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum at Portland.
Interesting free agent nugget. Hearing from sources close to Hassan Whiteside. Portland will push hard for him, possible landing spot.
— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) June 23, 2016
According to the tweet, the Blazers will “push hard” for the shot-blocking big man and he’s especially a great fit for a Portland squad that has a weak front court.
Last season they featured Mason Plumlee, Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis at the four and five spots. The possible addition of Whiteside will address their issues on rebounding and defense inside.
The Miami Heat are hoping that they retain their big man this summer with team president Pat Riley saying earlier in the offseason that their priority is re-signing Whiteside.
However, there are NBA free agency rumors that the Heat won’t give the big man a maximum deal and Whiteside could decide to sign with another team like the Trail Blazers if he feels he is being lowballed by the Miami management.
There is also trouble in Miami with regards to their line-up next season. It’s not clear if Chris Bosh will return to play in the league with his dangerous blood clot problems. This could turn off Whiteside, who may want to play for a playoff contender like Portland.
There are other NBA free agency rumors involving Whiteside, who has been linked to the likes of the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angles Lakers earlier in the 2016 offseason.
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