Report: Udonis Haslem, Heat ‘convinced’ he will return for 16th season
Udonis Haslem has spent his entire career in the NBA with the Miami Heat. Simply put, fans of the team respect and love UD. However, whether or not the three-time champion will return to the team for a 16th season remains to be seen.
Haslem, now 38 years of age, didn’t see much playing time last season. He served more as a mentor to Miami’s younger players — a role he has accepted with grace. And just for the record, he has kept himself in great shape.
So … will Haslem come back for another go with the Heat? Perhaps.
According to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, Haslem and Heat officials have been discussing their options over the past few days. While there is no official deal in place yet, Reynolds reports that both sides are interested.
Udonis Haslem and Miami Heat officials have had direct conversations in the last few days, with both sides now even more convinced that he will return to the team for a 16th season — as the Heat have hoped. Not finalized yet.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 15, 2018
“It was a great conversation,” Haslem said at the opening of his latest Einstein Bros. Bagels, one of several franchises that he and his business partners have collaborated on in the Miami area in recent years. “At the end of the day, it’s was a conversation about if they want me back and if I want to be back.”
Haslem played in just 14 games for the Heat last season — all as a reserve. He hasn’t seen more than 20 minutes in a game since January 2017. Despite the lack of playing time, Haslem has maintained a leadership role. In fact, he’s still one of Miami’s team captains.
In 844 career games played, Haslem has racked up averages of 7.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, 6.8 rebounds, and just under one assist (0.9) in 25.4 minutes per game.