Mailbag: Should Miami Heat make a play for disgruntled Suns guard Eric Bledsoe?

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe goes to the basket in a game against Portland. (AP Photo/Matt York)

MIAMI – The Heat are 2-4, not the start they envisioned, but not reason to panic. … just yet.

Still, the organization always is looking to see if there is something out there that will help them improve and already one quality, starting guard is on the market. But should Miami make a play for Phoenix’s 27-year-old Eric Bledsoe? We answer that and more in our latest mailbag.

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From @ChrisHypeTrain: Should the Heat trade for Eric Bledsoe?

Eric Bledsoe will be traded. That is for certain. The 6-foot-1 point guard’s “I Don’t wanna be here” tweet nine days ago was the last straw for the Phoenix Suns, who sent him home the next day. Now he is on the trading block and all the usual teams are being mentioned as a possible landing spot, including the Heat.

Some are wondering if the Suns are asking too much for the eight-year veteran who last season averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 assists. Which make you wonder if the Heat even would have enough to make a deal. First of all, the Heat likely cannot trade their first-round pick to 2023, so that does not help. Any of the players who signed a free-agent contracts last summer cannot be traded until mid-December and Josh Richardson cannot be dealt until after the season. That leaves Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and rookie Bam Adebayo as the most likely candidates to be moved.

And for those wondering how Bledsoe and Goran Dragic would get along? Dragic had one of his best years playing alongside Bledsoe. He averaged 20.3 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 50.5 percent in 2013-14. He was the league’s Most Improved Player and was named third-team All-NBA. So I don’t think that would stop the Heat from acquiring Bledsoe although Miami would have a dilemma with Bledsoe, Dragic and Dion Waiters on the roster. But Bledsoe has two years remaining on his contract at $14.5 million this season and $15 million next season and being able to match salaries with a right package  of young players the Suns would want will be very difficult.

From Lisa, Greenacres: When do you think Hassan Whiteside returns?

Day by day, the news is getting better and better. First, Whiteside was on the court working with coaches on Friday. He then went through a full non-contact workout Sunday taking part in Monday’s shootaround. Ideally, the Heat would like to get him some contact in practice before he returns for a game and that could come today. That being said, following a disappointing overtime loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, my guess is he returns for Wednesday’s home game against the Bulls.

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