Report: Udonis Haslem agrees to return to Heat on 1-year vet’s minimum deal
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem has agreed to return for his 16th NBA season with the Miami Heat under a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Haslem, much like teammate Dwyane Wade, was mulling retirement after a long career with the Heat, but the organization kept just enough roster spots for both players if they decided to return.
President Pat Riley noted he was eager to see them both return earlier in the offseason, but that he would give them time to make their decision and consider all aspects of it.
With Haslem now on the roster, this could set a domino effect and entice Wade to return for his 16th season as well.
The 12-time All-Star shooting guard was recently seen taking on some New York natives at a local NYC run, showing glimpses that he can still play the game.
Wade is coming off his first season being deployed from the bench, a role he will likely have to assume with the Heat, as they have already cemented Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters as their starting backcourt.
If he does decide to return, this would be the 14th full season Wade and Haslem have shared together since breaking into the NBA in 2003.
Haslem averaged a career-low 5.1 minutes per game last season, playing mainly a mentorship role for the Heat’s young core.