Portland Trail Blazers acquire Hassan Whiteside from Miami Heat

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The Miami Heat agreed to send center Hassan Whiteside to Portland for forward Mo Harkless and center Meyers Leonard, ESPN reported Monday.

Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds last season, his fifth consecutive year of averaging a double-double for the Heat. He has one year left on a four-year contract that is set to pay him $27 million next season.

Whiteside provides additional front-court help for the Trail Blazers while they await an uncertain return from 7-footer Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered compound fractures in his left leg in late March.

Whiteside, 30, has career averages of 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in parts of seven NBA seasons, all with Miami, except for 19 games with the Sacramento Kings from 2010 to 2012.

Harkless, 26, averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 60 games (53 starts) last season for Portland. Leonard, 27, averaged 5.9 points in 61 games last season and has a 38.5 3-point percentage in 393 career NBA games, all with the Blazers.

–Field Level Media

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