RUMOR: Udonis Haslem’s return to Miami Heat could depend on Dwyane Wade
With the Miami Heat’s season ending in five games at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, many questions arise about what players will stay and which ones will come back to the team next season. Two of those names are essentially Heat lifers Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.
Both players have played so long and could look to retire. But there is a way that Haslem could come back, and it could be exclusively tied to whether or not Wade decides to give it one more year in Miami, per Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“There is plenty to be said for loyalty, but there also is plenty to be said about opening up roster space for younger players who could potentially be developed at little cost in the G League, perhaps moving Derrick Jones Jr. to a standard contract. Ultimately, Haslem’s fate could be determined as part of a two-for-one package with a Dwyane Wade return.”
The Heat have an interesting dilemma. They have plenty of good veteran players with some promising young guys thrown in there. But the 76ers just trounced them out of the playoffs, and that could be cause for Miami to get younger, and fast.
That certainly means doing away with certain players, and the oldest ones on the roster are Wade and Haslem. They have spent the majority of their careers together, and could be solid guys in the locker room to teach the young guys how to be professionals.
But maybe it’s time for the Heat to officially make the transition to an era without Wade and Haslem. It could be the best thing for the franchise moving forward.