Blazers trade for Whiteside; Kanter leaves for Boston

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Miami will get Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) holds back center Hassan Whiteside (21) as Whiteside argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Hornets 93-75. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says the Miami Heat have agreed to trade Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless.

The trade was agreed to Monday and is still pending NBA approval, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has not been finalized.

Whiteside is entering the final season of a four-year, $98 million contract. He lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo in the second half of last season, but figures to offer frontline depth to a Trail Blazers team that lost center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken leg late last season.

Leonard and Harkless are also in the final year of their contracts.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

Enes Kanter heads East

Though Enes Kanter was only in Portland for a half-season, he became a mainstay and a fan favorite. Now he’s headed to Boston.

Kanter then took a few moments to thank everyone in Rip City, from his teammates to Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

Seth Curry is returning to Dallas

Two people with knowledge of the deal say Stephen Curry’s younger brother and the Mavericks have agreed on a $32 million, four-year contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals can’t be signed until Saturday.

The younger Curry had the best season of his career with Dallas in 2016-17, averaging career highs of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 29 minutes per game. He missed all of 2017-18 with a stress reaction in his lower left leg before joining Portland on a one-year contract last season. Curry averaged 7.9 points for the Trail Blazers.

The Mavericks were looking for a shooting guard to pair with rookie of the year Luka Doncic, the 20-year-old Slovenian who figures to be their starting point guard for years. With the Curry agreement, Dallas still has about $20 million in salary cap space.

Curry has the versatility to play both guard spots. So does Jalen Brunson, a second-round pick in last year’s draft after Dallas traded up to get Doncic as the third overall selection.

Top pick Nassir Little signs

The only pick the Blazers had in the 2019 NBA draft, North Carolina’s Nassir Little, signed with Portland on Monday. He will wear #9 for the Blazers.

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