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Udonis Haslem has some choices to make

Jul 12, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for udonis_haslem.jpgUPDATE 3:23 pm: Just to add to the options for Haslem, the Denver Nuggets are also making a hard push for him.

Denver also is offering the full mid-level exception, just like Dallas. And just like Dallas, they are looking for front line guys to match up against the Lakers.

9: 34 am: How badly does Udonis Haslem want to play for the Miami Heat? A couple million dollars a year worth?

That is the choice coming before him, according to Yahoo Sports.

Haslem is loved in Miami. And he loves it there. The Heat had a couple hundred people show up at his house on his birthday for a surprise party last month. They keep telling him how much they want to re-sign him. That is true now more than ever as the Heat desperately need big men for their roster.

But they can only offer around $4.3 million. Maybe less. Depends on how things shake out in the contracts for LeBron/Wade/Bosh as well as Mike Miller and maybe Derek Fisher.

Dallas, on the other hand, is close to offering three years at $5.8 million, the full mid-level exception. With raises that is going to shake out to nearly $20 million.

Over the course of three years, that’s leaving about $5 million on the table. And he is not Wade — he does not make so much that leaving a lot of money on the table doesn’t matter. Haslem made $7 million last year and he’s not rolling in endorsements and shoe deals.

Haslem is a solid, professional forward, which is why he is in demand. He can defend, rebound and score a little. The Heat need him because they need some good players to go around their big trio. The Mavericks need him because they need a stronger front line to compete with the Lakers.

So Haslem faces the tough question: Money or home? No easy call.

  1. hnirobert - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Would suck to see him go. He’s the ideal bench player, brings energy, good 15-18′ shot, rebounds and doesn’t complain.
    I’m pretty sure Texas doesn’t have state tax either…

  2. Jake - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Haslem is with Converse actually.

  3. ZakMan - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Cmon Haslem, if u sign a 1 yr contract for 4.3 mil and then sign a lucrative extension with your bird-rights, your not really losing anything over the time span if not gaining more.
    We need you and you need us, i’m expecting your return today

  4. steve - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    u—sign a three year deal with an out after one year , then re sign for more money—–

  5. hnirobert - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Heat fan here… what if he gets hurt next year and his career ends? I can’t blame him for leaving if he does.

  6. johnmaine - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    68 team NCAA Tournament structure finally revealed and released!

  7. hnirobert - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Ira Winderman is reporting that Udonis is turning down the Mavs and Nuggts and reupping with the Heat.
    That bench is looking much better now isn’t it? In Riley We Trust.

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