Udonis Haslem was the first player to leave millions on the table in the hopes of keeping the Heat’s nucleus together.
Though his decision to opt out of his contract last month wasn’t enough to keep LeBron James in Miami, the Heat on Friday rewarded Haslem for his commitment to the franchise and the city and officially re-signed him to a two-year contract. The deal was made official after an emotional three days that saw former Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones join LeBron James in Cleveland.
“Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or role in order to win.”