Could a Hassan Whiteside and Nikola Vucevic frontcourt work out with the Miami Heat? The Orlando Magic big man is being linked to the Heat in recent NBA rumors although it could happen later in the 2016-2017 NBA Season and not this offseason.
Ira Winderman, the beat writer for the Heat for the Sun-Sentinel, was asked the question on the possibility of Vucevic joining the Heat because the Magic already have big men Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo.
“If you’re asking whether the Heat would trade Tyler Johnson and another salary that fits (which could become available Dec. 15), that’s another story. But that’s only if there is a definitive sense of what will happen with Chris Bosh, and whether Vucevic can work alongside Hassan Whiteside,” Winderman wrote as his answer claiming that it’s possible but that the Heat will have to wait on the status of Bosh’s injury first.
Winderman also added that the Heat already have veteran big men Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem as back-ups in the power forward position. He also claims that the Heat will use more “small ball” this season and that could mean the Heat won’t be a good fit for Vucevic.
Winderman also wondered about Vucevic’s contract which will pay him about $37 million for the next three seasons and if it’s worth it to have a player with his big salary.
The Heat let go of franchise player Dwyane Wade this summer and looks like ready to rebuild with new players. With NBA rumors of the Vucevic trade to Miami, this fits in their plans to add younger players on the roster.
However, this trade would also depend on how much the Magic value their starting center. Orlando traded for Ibaka this offseason and he will become a free agent next year. Orlando signed Biyombo in free agency to steal him away from the Toronto Raptors for a contract worth $72 million for four years.
If the Orlando Magic sees Vucevic as a player not part of their long-term plans and prioritizes Ibaka, then NBA rumors of the trade with the Miami Heat is possible later this 2016-2017 NBA Season.
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