Robert Duyos, USA Today Sports

“We got SHOOTERS!” Hassan Whiteside exclaimed multiple times on a social media video he shared following the news he was being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland is sending Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard to Miami as part of the deal, which gives the Blazers one of the best defensive big men in the Association.

Without a shadow of doubt, the big man was ecstatic about the move.

To Whiteside’s point, his old team, the Miami Heat, struggled to drain threes, while his new team is pretty darn good in this department.

  • Heat ranked 21st in the NBA last year (34.9%)
  • Blazers ranked ninth in the NBA last year (35.9%)

With Whiteside inside, the likes of C.J. McCollum and the freshly extended Damian Lillard should thrive out on the perimeter. Both of them are dynamic shooters, and it stands to reason they’ll have even more chances given Whiteside’s ability to haul down offensive boards.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.