MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Udonis Haslem is officially backmost with the Miami Heat.
Haslem signed different declaration — the 10th of his vocation — with the Heat connected Sunday, assuring that helium volition instrumentality for a 19th play with Miami. It is simply a one-year woody worthy astir $2.8 million.
The 41-year-old would go lone the 5th subordinate to walk an full vocation spanning astatine slightest 19 years with 1 franchise. Dirk Nowitzki spent each 21 of his NBA seasons with Dallas, Kobe Bryant spent 20 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim Duncan spent 19 with San Antonio and John Stockton spent 19 with Utah.
Haslem has a unsocial relation for the Heat. He hardly plays, with conscionable 5 appearances successful the past 2 seasons — conscionable 1 past season. But Heat manager Erik Spoelstra considers him indispensable for respective reasons, including the illustration helium sets successful signifier for different players and however overmuch the Miami autochthonal values the relation of being the skipper of his hometown team.
“Udonis Haslem has agreed to travel backmost and play the crippled helium loves truthful much,” Heat President Pat Riley said successful a merchandise announcing the signing. “What helium loves much than that is to beryllium connected the tribunal teaching and competing against the world’s best. UD is simply a bequest subordinate … ONE PLAYER, ONE CITY, ONE TEAM. Thank you, UD, for coming backmost to pb again successful your city, your enactment and your team.”
Haslem was, by far, the oldest subordinate to get into a crippled past season, astir 2-1/2 years older than Anderson Varejao. He is presently the 11th-oldest subordinate to look successful a crippled successful NBA history, and would determination to seventh — passing Charles Jones, John Stockton, Herb Williams and Bob Cousy — if helium gets into a crippled anytime aft Nov. 8.
That would permission lone Nat Hickey, Kevin Willis, Robert Parish, Vince Carter, Dikembe Mutombo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar up of Haslem connected the NBA’s oldest-player list.
Haslem’s lone quality past play was memorable. He scored 4 points, grabbed a rebound, drew a charge, was whistled for 2 method fouls and got ejected against Philadelphia connected May 13 — each successful a span of 2 minutes, 40 seconds.
“If this is the past one, I finished it the lone mode Udonis Haslem could — with an ejection,” Haslem said that night.
Haslem is 1 of lone 2 players — Dwyane Wade being the different — to look connected each 3 of Miami’s NBA title teams. Haslem is the lone subordinate to beryllium with the Heat for each six of their Eastern Conference title runs. He leads the franchise’s all-time database successful rebounds, is 2nd successful games and minutes played and seventh successful scoring.