Ranking The Miami Heat Players In Order Of Trade Value

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The Miami Heat are currently 13th in the eastern conference with a 9-20 record. Here we rank in order the trade value of each Heat player.

 

hassan whiteside

1. Hassan Whiteside

Age: 27

Position: Center

2016/17 Salary: $22,116,750

Contract Expires: 2019/20 (Player option)

2016/17 Stats: 18.1 points per game (PPG), 14.8 rebounds per game (RPG), 2.4 blocks per game (BPG), 54.8 field goal percentage (FG%), 33.8 minutes per game (MPG), 29 games played (GP)

At just 27 years of age and having a career year, Whiteside is the cream of the crop as a Miami Heat trade target. Despite the influx of small ball throughout the league, Whiteside has shown there is still a place in the league for a traditional inside big man. In what is essentially his third full season in the league, Whiteside will surely come under heavy consideration when it comes to all star voting.

If the Heat were to become open to dealing Whiteside, it would make sense that a center/big would be coming to them in return. Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins would be the ideal target. With speculation always at his doorstep, and controversy never far away, a call to the Kings regarding Cousins could definitely be a consideration.

 

2. Goran Dragic

Age: 30

Position: Point Guard

2016/17 Salary: $15,890,000

Contract Expires: 2019/20 (Player option)

2016/17 Stats: 19.1 PPG, 6.7 assists per game (APG), 4.1 RPG, 45.4 FG%, 41.6 three-point percentage (3P%), 34.4 MPG, 24 GP

Currently enjoying his best season since arriving in Miami, Dragic has been a constant source of trade speculation throughout the season. With team president Pat Riley recently stating that the team is looking at adding an additional pick in this upcoming draft, Dragic’s name is always one of the first that is going to come up in trade talks. And considering the recent spike in the league’s salary cap, Dragic’s contract represents a steal for a prospective team.

Dragic is demonstrating that when given the chance to have the ball in his hands and create, he can emulate the form that earns him all-NBA third team honours in 2013/14. He has excelled since Dion Waiters went down with a groin injury, averaging 22.3 PPG and 7.5 APG combined with a 47.6 FG%.

A team who could view Dragic as a key step in their development as a franchise are the Denver Nuggets. With incumbent point guard Emanuel Mudiay still up and down with his form, a deal centered around these two dynamic players is a viable option.

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