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Hassan Whiteside is hyped about being traded to Blazers

Blazers, Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside is hyped about being traded by the Miami Heat to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Whiteside posted a video of him saying, “We got shooters!” The big man will be playing alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in Portland.

Whiteside will likely be the starter for the Blazers to begin the season. Jusuf Nurkic is still recovering from the gruesome leg injury he suffered near the end of the 2018-19 season against the Brooklyn Nets at home.

This past season in South Beach, Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. He recorded 36 double-doubles. The Blazers are hoping a change of scenery will be beneficial to Whiteside, who will make a whopping $27 million next season.

Whiteside won’t be getting double-teamed in Portland since Lillard and McCollum are elite 3-point shooters. If the big man can score and rebound for the Blazers at a high level, this could be a good move for Portland even though Whiteside is very mercurial.

The Blazers got swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 Western Conference Finals. The franchise signed Lillard to a supermax extension on Sunday and traded Evan Turner to the Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore. GM Neil Olshey has been aggressive so far this summer.