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Heat re-sign Udonis Haslem

Jul 18, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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Much like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James (if he so decided), when Udonis Haslem opted out of the final year of his contract with the Heat, it wasn’t to pursue options anywhere else.

Haslem left $4.6 million on the table to give his team the flexibility to pay him more money in total over more seasons, while freeing up some additional space in the present to add talent to the roster.

His deal in Miami has now been secured for the next two seasons.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

The Miami Heat re-signed longtime forward Udonis Haslem to a new contract Friday.

The team did not announce terms of the deal, but sources told ESPN.com it is for the room midlevel exception of two years and $5.5 million.

Haslem wasn’t going anywhere. He’s played all 11 of his NBA seasons in Miami, and while his on-court role there has diminished in recent years, his veteran leadership is valued by the organization, and he’s been professional enough to maintain his readiness for whenever his number is called.

  1. deeballer - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Love the Mayor of Miami. Pit Bull claims to be Mr. 305, but we all know who the real one is.

    • thehawg - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      He lives in Broward County so he can be Mr. 954

      • turnmymicup - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        True. A lot of the Heat and Dolphins live in Lauderdale. IMO beaches are nicer and real estates better. Got love for Miami but ppl see too much of South Beach on TV.

  2. rajbais - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I feel bad that he lost nearly $2 million bucks for his 2015 salary after the opt-out. The economic side might be that his excess of $4 million before the opt-out and a veteran minimum in 2016 would have been his pay.

    • deeballer - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I wouldn’t feel too bad. UD has a job for life with the organization. They’re going to take care of him after his career is over.

      • rajbais - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        They better. He’s meant to be on the strength and conditioning staff than the actual coaching staff.

  3. reupjosh - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Wait. What… I’m the 4th commenter on a heat article after it’s been posted for a few hours…. Band wagoners couldn’t jump ship fast enough… RIP 72 and Miamatt

    • thehawg - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Heat fans have a life.

      • chitownlolo - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        NOWWWWWW they seem to……………………….

    • miamatt - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      uh, no…. still here.

      I’m flattered you thought of me, though.

  4. smackingfools - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Not a heat fan(or was) but I couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t playing more during the finals. He’s the type of player they needed if you ask me. I don’t think I ever seen him leave the bench. He’s a hustle guy. The team could’ve fed off the energy.

    • miamatt - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      They did give Haslem a shot at some point and Duncan just isolated him in the post and got whatever he wanted.

      Haslem still has his moments but his jumper is no longer consistent and he is slow to gather himself and leap around the basket.

      • turnmymicup - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Yeah Spo saw UD wasn’t effective at all against Duncan. Haslems better days are behind him. He will still always be my 2nd fav Heat player behind Wade.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    UD, consider this contract your induction ceremony into the Miami Mafia. You’re familia now.

  6. thehawg - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Should Miami resign Michael Beasley?

    • turnmymicup - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      I think they should. Hope he can stay away from that Miami Mary. He adds needed depth to the squad.

  7. finfan713 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Funny joke about heat fans jumping ship, you’re the first one to use it, I promise.

  8. finfan713 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    And UD has sacrificed close to $20 million because he loves Miami and the organization. His jersey will be retired.

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