Goran Dragic hopes Udonis Haslem returns to Heat next season
Haslem is undecided about playing another season or retiring like his pal Dwyane Wade. The Heat’s all-time leading rebounder becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Goran Dragic wants @ThisIsUD back. "He means so much to this franchise and the most important thing is what he means to these young players."
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 12, 2019
Udonis Haslem only played in 10 games this season for the Heat. It’s what the power forward brings to the locker room, though, which makes him so valuable.
Miami rising star Bam Adebayo has a very bright future in the league. The Heat would love for Haslem to stick around to mentor Adebayo and teach him the ropes.
Haslem averaged only 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds this season. It’s what he does behind the scenes in the locker room, practices and plane rides that Dragic and the rest of the players in Miami will miss if the Florida native decides to retire.
Without Wade and Haslem on the Heat, the team would be lacking leadership. President Pat Riley has also spoken about how he’s trying to convince Haslem to come back in 2019-20. Haslem turns 39 in June.
Miami missed the playoffs this season. With Wade retired, the team will be building around Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. All of South Beach is hoping Haslem will be available next season too.