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Could JR Smith/Whiteside swap clear way for Jimmy Butler?

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The Heat are in the room with Jimmy Butler. But they’ll need help to have Butler in a Miami uniform.

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With free agency only hours away and Pat Riley getting a chance to chance to get in the room with Jimmy Butler, a trade rumor is bubbling back up — Hassan Whiteside for J.R. Smith.

NBA reporters have discussed the possibility of some type of this trade all month long. Yahoo! Sports discussed it in a June 4 article. Before the NBA Draft, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders said Miami could trade their 13th overall pick for the 26th pick and Smith.

Smith, who hasn’t played an NBA game in 2019, is slated to make $15.7 million next year — only $4.4 million of that is guaranteed, though. He recently agreed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to push back his guarantee date from June 30 to July 15. Hassan Whiteside is slated to make $27.1 million this year.

RIley has gotten in the room with Kevin Durant in 2016 and Gordon Hayward in 2017. It didn’t work out either time. (Whether Hayward is worth that max deal, especially after suffering an ankle fracture in the 2017-18 season opener, is another discussion.) If things go differently with Butler, can Riley call back the Cavaliers to help him make room for Butler?