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Udonis Haslem’s potential return will depend on more than roster role

Udonis Haslem

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade may have played his final game in the NBA, but that does not necessarily mean that Udonis Haslem is done.

As a matter of fact, Wade’s last hurrah in which he had a retirement tour has made Haslem wonder about his own future:

“Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his one last dance, a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point,” said Haslem, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Personally, as the person I am, I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on a decision that we make.”

Haslem further contemplated how he really wants to go out after Wade’s final game in Brooklyn, when an after party was held for Wade that included all of Wade’s family.

“My stepmom wasn’t there, my father wasn’t there, my wife wasn’t there, my kids weren’t there,” Haslem said in reference to whether or not the Heat’s season-ending loss to the Nets was also the last game of his career. “So that wasn’t my moment. That’s what makes it hard, either way.”

Haslem came into the NBA with Wade in 2003 and spent his entire 16-year career with the Miami Heat, winning three championships and playing a pivotal role as a locker room presence in the latter stages of his tenure.

He owns career averages of 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.