Udonis Haslem makes it official: he’s returning to the Miami Heat for the 18th consecutive season.
Haslem, who has been with the Heat since 2003, confirmed last week that he would return to the Heat. Now, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, he has struck a deal with the South Beach franchise. However, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Merely some housekeeping: Udonis Haslem, who announced last week his intention of returning to the Miami Heat, has now struck a deal with the Miami Heat.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 21, 2020
While Haslem’s role on the court has decreased over the years, he remains an important presence for the Heat franchise. He only played in four games in 2019-20 and didn’t suit up for the squad during their incredible playoffs run in the bubble; however, Haslem still made his presence felt.
To recall, during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Haslem was seen giving his teammates a passionate speech to rile them up. Jimmy Butler was even full of praise for how Haslem motivated them despite eventually losing the contest.
Through his 17 years with the Heat and the NBA, Udonis Haslem has career averages of 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. His best season came during the 2007-08 season when he averaged a near double-double of 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
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