While I'd be shocked if he wasn't shopped this summer, there's also a very good chance that the Miami Heat might be stuck with him for the next two seasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (right) and guard Dwyane Wade (left) look on at the action on the court during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards. Shortly after his return to the Heat, Wade told ESPN he wanted to be with the team "forever" and did not want a farewell tour whenever he does decide to retire.
Durability, and being older than you might think at 28 years old, will be concerns for any team that even thinks about engaging the Heat on Whiteside. He has not made it clear whether he will continue his career, but many have gotten the vibe that he is strongly thinking about retiring. He averaged 16.6 points per game, twice eclipsing 25 points in the Heat's five playoff contests despite averaging a career playoff-low 25.4 minutes per game. He was obviously happy and he was able to have quite a few "turn back the clock" performances. The veteran guard wrapped up his 15th season in the National Basketball Association and, after Game 5, was not saying much about whether or not he will play a 16th season come 2018-19. Wade has not had much to say on the matter. "We talked about it the last game in Miami".
On the downside, Wade's age does not allow him to play the lockdown defense that many became accustomed to seeing from him.More news: Thunder Drop Game 2 to Jazz in Playoff Series
In the postseason series against Philadelphia, Wade averaged 18 points, four rebounds and 3.3 assists. It was vintage D-Wade and fans loved it. In the playoffs, however, he played only 15.4 per game.
Back in the regular season, soon after being re-acquired by the Heat, Wade had another huge game against Philly.
J.J. Redick poured in 27 points to lead the Sixers in Game Five. Wade also electrified the crowd by knocking down the game-winning shot.
UPROXX's Robby Kalland listed some potential trade scenarios involving Whiteside. If he can come back on a cheap contract, the Heat would welcome him. The new-generation Sixers outlasted the older Miami team in Game 5 by a score of 104-91.