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A Hassan Whiteside for Kevin Love trade solves problems for both Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers

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Would arch-rivals Heat and Cavaliers agree to such an audacious trade after their blockbuster 2010 exchange?

Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Miami Heat need a go-to scorer. The Cleveland Cavaliers need defense. Ira Winderman addressed the posibility of a Hassan Whiteside for Kevin Love trade.

The Heat seemingly want to create a roster space for Derrick Jones Jr. and/or Derrick Walton Jr. before their allotted NBA days run out. Adding Justise Winslow along with Whiteside in a trade package for Kevin Love works in the ESPN Trade Machine. Essentially the Heat would be swapping Winslow’s roster spot for Jones Jr.

This season Miami may have a $5.5 million cap exception available for a trade or to sign a free agent before March 15. Next season Miami has a healthy Dion Waiters and Rodney McGruder available. The team also realizes Tyler Johnson’s contract goes up to $19 million and has to factor his salary hit into the 2018-19 cap space. Lot of things to consider before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

The Miami Heat would have their All-Star and Love would resume the role he successfully played with the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the Cleveland Cavaliers Whiteside relieves a lot of their defensive issues, and lets LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, and company focus on padding their stats.

Whether a trade happens or not, the Heat have theme songs for the MIAMI VICE squad uniforms debuting tonight.