HEAT Re-Signs Udonis Haslem
Longest tenured member of the HEAT returns for a franchise-record 14th season
MIAMI, July 10 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed forward Udonis Haslem. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“For over a decade, Udonis has embodied what it means to wear the Miami HEAT uniform,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He has been the pillar and constant of this organization, and is a true champion in every sense of the word. We are thrilled that Udonis is back to help impart his leadership and instill the HEAT culture with his new teammates.”
Haslem, a three-time NBA Champion, has played his entire 13-year NBA career with the HEAT, appearing in 814 regular season games (498 starts) and has averaged 7.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 26.1 minutes while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the foul line. The Miami native is the franchise all-time leader in offensive, defensive and total rebounds and also ranks among the HEAT’s all-time leaders in games played (2nd), starts (2nd), minutes (2nd), double-doubles (3rd), field goals made (5th), points (6th), field goals attempted (6th), field goal percentage (6th), free throws made (8th), free throws attempted (8th), double-figure scoring efforts (8th), blocks (tied-8th), steals (10th), assists (16th) and free throw percentage (17th). Additionally, he’s the only undrafted player in NBA history to lead a franchise in total rebounds.
Haslem has also seen action in 147 postseason games (84 starts) as a member of the HEAT and has averaged 5.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 21.7 minutes while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 71.3 percent from the foul line. In addition to being the HEAT’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds in postseason play he also ranks among Miami’s all-time postseason leaders in games played (2nd), total rebounds (2nd), games started (3rd), minutes (3rd), defensive rebounds (3rd), double-doubles (4th), field goals made (5th), field goals attempted (5th), free throws made (5th), steals (5th), dunks (5th), points (6th), free throws attempted (6th), double-figure scoring efforts (tied-6th), blocked shots (7th) and assists (10th).
Last season he came off the bench in all 37 regular season games in which he saw action and averaged 1.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 7.0 minutes. He appeared in his 800th career game at Brooklyn on Jan. 26. Haslem also came off the bench in all nine postseason games he appeared for the HEAT in 2016 and averaged 2.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 9.4 minutes.
Haslem has served as captain of the HEAT each of the past nine seasons, the longest tenure in franchise history.