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Erik Spoelstra says Heat want Udonis Haslem back for another season

Erik Spoelstra, Heat

Udonis Haslem has been in South Beach for his entire career. As it appears, it never wants to see him go.

Spoiler: The feeling is mutual.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel that having the 38-year-old power forward return for another season is one of the organization’s goals:

In what was expected to be his 16th and final season, Haslem has appeared in just eight games. He has mainly served as a veteran mentor alongside Dwyane Wade. But unlike Wade, whose retirement from basketball is imminent after this season, Haslem has refused to confirm whether he will hang it up, saying he “still has much to give.”

“I’m not 100 percent sure I’m done,” Haslem told Shandel Richardson of The Athletic in February.

Haslem has played in 852 games for the Heat (most in franchise history, next to Wade), and he hopes to continue that into next season:

“Once you walk away and you can’t play no more, you really can’t play anymore. So while I can, I want to be around it,” Haslem told The Undefeated.

Udonis Haslem has averaged 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds on 49% shooting over the course of his career with the Miami Heat. He has won titles with the franchise in 2006, 2012, and 2013.