Miami Heat: Appraising the trade value of the Heat roster

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 30: Bam Adebayo #13, Dwyane Wade #3, Dion Waiters #11, and James Johnson #16 look on during the second half of the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 30: Bam Adebayo #13, Dwyane Wade #3, Dion Waiters #11, and James Johnson #16 look on during the second half of the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

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Hassan Whiteside

With what will be the most expensive contract on the team if and when he opts into his $27 million 2019-20 player option, Whiteside will be largely immovable without the addition of some sweeteners in the form of non-guaranteed contracts, draft picks or young players on rookie scale deals. Hassan Whiteside’s trade value is negative.

Ryan Anderson

Among all the bad contracts on the Miami Heat roster, the worst belongs to Ryan Anderson. Deemed barely playable by multiple teams over the last couple seasons, Anderson is owed $21.3 million this season, although only $15.6 million of that is guaranteed. To call Anderson’s trade value negative would be a disservice to negative value contracts. The best use of his deal will probably come in the form of a waive and stretch by the Miami Heat in order to aid in the quest to get under the luxury tax.

Kelly Olynyk

Of all the guys on the roster making in the $10-15 million range this season, Kelly Olynyk is among the best. Probably not enough to sway his trade value into the positive range, mind you, but he’s likely just slightly negative.

Udonis Haslem

Udonis Haslem is virtually a coach on the sideline and one of the legends of the franchise, and regardless of his value (which is likely merely neutral), he’s not getting traded away from the Miami Heat.

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Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo is the hands-down winner of the best value contract on the roster. Still on his rookie-scale deal, he’s due just $8.6 million over the next two years. Last season he forced his way into the starting lineup through his great play, usurping Hassan Whiteside’s spot at center. Depending on how the coming seasons go, the Miami Heat may even see him as a centerpiece for the roster, so without a doubt Bam Adebayo has by far the highest trade value.