HEAT Sign Free Agent Forward Udonis Haslem
The Miami HEAT announced August 6 that free agent forward Udonis Haslem has signed a contract with the team. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Haslem, a 69, 246lb Miami (FL) native was a four-year starter at the University of Florida. He was the first player in school history to play for four straight NCAA Tournament teams and be named All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) four consecutive seasons by the league coaches. As a senior and junior, he was a First-Team selection and a Third-Team selection as a sophomore and freshman. Un-drafted in the 2002 NBA Draft, Haslem spent the 2002-03 season with Chalon Sur-Saone in France. He averaged 16.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and shot 57 percent from field after connecting on 181-of-315 field goal attempts in 30 games played.
Most recently, Haslem spent parts of the summer with both the HEATs entry in the Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando and the San Antonio Spurs entry in the Reebok Pro summer League in Boston. With the HEAT, Haslem averaged 6.6 points and ranked third in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game in five appearances. With the Spurs he averaged 9.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in six games played.
A standout performer throughout his college career, Haslem is one of only two players in school history to amass over 1,700 points (1,781) and 800 (837) rebounds. He did not miss a game in four seasons and started each of his final 99 appearances, tying him for first place on Floridas all-time list of games started. He also finished fourth in field goal percentage (.584), fifth in blocks (120) and seventh in double-doubles (25). As a senior he led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds. He was also a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year and the John Wooden All-American Team. As a junior, he averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, while netting 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and being named to the NCAA All Final Four Tournament Team as a sophomore. In his freshman season at Florida, Haslem averaged 10.5 points and 2.3 rebounds.