The marriage between Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat is rocky — and that’s putting it mildly. Pat Riley said that Whiteside “wasn’t in great shape” after the Heat’s playoff exit, and Whiteside took a shot at his team in an Instagram post in May. Riley even said that Whiteside and Spoelstra needed an “intervention” to repair the relationship and that he would serve as the mediator.
Spoelstra didn’t say that he and Whiteside had an intervention, but he said that he has been in regular contact with the center and that their relationship “isn’t what it seems on the outside.”
Spoelstra said he has had lunch with Whiteside and been in regular touch with him and looks forward to a new season with him.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 11, 2018
Spoelstra: Communication ongoing with Whiteside, differences overstated. https://t.co/c01sZTV644— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 11, 2018
Spoelstra emphasized the fact that Whiteside could have a healthy season this year. Whiteside missed 28 games last season. He played in 77 games in 2016-17 and 73 during the 2015-16 season, so he may not be an injury-prone player.
Now, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported in May that “there is strong support within numerous people in the Heat” to trade Whiteside. Who knows what is actually going on behind the scenes.