Miami Heat president Pat Riley conducted his end-of-the-season press conference with reporters in South Beach Monday and didn’t mince words when asked about center Hassan Whiteside.
After a disappointing first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers in which he totaled just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks in five games, Whiteside faces an uncertain future in Miami.
Whiteside was very vocal about his lack of playing time in the postseason and how head coach Erik Spoelstra did not use him properly when he was on the floor.
When asked about Whiteside, Riley made it clear he wasn’t happy about how the situation played out.
“By the time we got to the playoffs, I don’t think he [Whiteside] was ready,” Riley said. “He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t in great shape. He wasn’t fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He, and we, got our head handed to us. The disconnect between he and [coach] Spo, that’s going to take a discussion between them and it’s going to take thought on the part of coach and also Hassan.”
The Heat are expected to explore a Whiteside trade, per the Miami Herald. Whiteside is owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
Riley says no player on the Heat is untouchable and that he will be active in the summer if he sees a deal to his liking.
“Show me the right name and I could be all-in on everything,” Riley said. “You know me. But it’s got to be the right name and that doesn’t happen very often. Our core guys, we would like to keep together, there’s no doubt. We would like to keep them together and we’d like to add something to it, but that’s going to be a challenge.”