Rumor: Udonis Haslem could serve as a player assistant coach for Heat
Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat could serve as a player-assistant coach for the team in the near future.
Per Joseph Patrick of International Business Times, the recent moves by the Heat could pave the way for Haslem, 39, to extend his career. The Heat recently waived Yante Maiten — a forward whom the team signed last year but was hardly used. Given this, there might be some room to absorb Haslem — that’s if he wants to return.
After all, Haslem flocked to Instagram to ask his fans whether he should suit up for the 2019-2020 season.
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I've never been the one to listen to outside noise. Key word is listen. Doesn't mean I don't hear. See the thing most average minded people don't get is if I let your expectations of me define me then I wouldn't be here today. Problem is majority of this world is average ASF!! Nobody ever expected shit from a young fat kid from liberty city. Hell why would they? But I'm thankful they didn't. I guess I shouldn't own Subways, and Einstein, and Auntie Ann's, and Starbucks, and 800 Degrees Woodfire kitchens either huh? What I've grown to realize in my life is that my obsession with success, my drive to overcome obstacles, and my overall work ethics is way higher than most. And I'm ok with that. It makes sense why most think I should retire at 39. Cause most would. Cause most are average minded. Most don't look like this at 39! Hell they ain't look like this at 19. Lol. So y'all keep worrying about the last spot on the roster while I sit back and stay ready so I don't gotta get ready. I'm not saying I'm playing next year but if u with me then u will support whatever I do!! Not tell me what to do!! And if that ain't good enough for u, in the words of Barbara Wooten f**k ya!! U was never wit me anyway!! Oh and one more thing. You out your 🐰 ass mind if you think I can't still play this game. I'll sleepwalk into a double double cause I'm just built different!! Y'all should know that by now but keep hating. I need y'all!! A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and if I'm the weak link that's a hell of a f**king chain!! ✌🏾️☑️💯 #og
So far, the Heat have only 10 guaranteed contracts for the coming NBA season. They are expected to house around 13 of 14 players. Adding Haslem — who’s been with the team since 2004 — makes a whole lot of sense.
Since during his stint there, Haslem has been part of three championship teams: 2006, 2012, and 2013. During these times, he has gained tons of valuable experience that he can share to the next wave of Heat players.
Last season, Haslem played a mere 10 games. But despite seeing limited on-court action, it was off the court where Haslem did his work as he whispered some useful advice to the Heat’s young and upcoming players. The same predicament might be true for the 2019-2020 season. But it all depends on Haslem as the Heat may be more than willing to offer him a post.