Haslem, 41, indicators for nineteenth season with Warmth


MIAMI — Udonis Haslem is formally again with the Miami Heat.

Haslem signed one other contract — the tenth of his profession — with the Warmth on Sunday, assuring that he’ll return for a nineteenth season with Miami. It’s a one-year deal price about $2.8 million.

The 41-year-old would develop into solely the fifth participant to spend a whole profession spanning not less than 19 years with one franchise. Dirk Nowitzki spent all 21 of his NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Kobe Bryant spent 20 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim Duncan spent 19 with the San Antonio Spurs and John Stockton spent 19 with the Utah Jazz.

Haslem has a singular position for the Warmth. He barely performs, with simply 5 appearances up to now two seasons — and only one final season. However Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra considers him important for a number of causes, together with the instance he units in apply for different gamers and the way a lot the Miami native values the position of being the captain of his hometown group.

“Udonis Haslem has agreed to return again and play the sport he loves a lot,” Warmth president Pat Riley mentioned in a launch saying the signing. “What he loves greater than that’s to be on the courtroom educating and competing in opposition to the world’s finest. UD is a legacy participant … ONE PLAYER, ONE CITY, ONE TEAM. Thanks, UD, for coming again to steer once more in your metropolis, your group and your group.”

Haslem was, by far, the oldest participant to get right into a recreation final season, almost 2½ years older than Anderson Varejao. He’s the Eleventh-oldest participant to seem in a recreation in NBA historical past and would transfer to seventh — passing Charles Jones, Stockton, Herb Williams and Bob Cousy — if he will get right into a recreation anytime after Nov. 8.

That would go away solely Nat Hickey, Kevin Willis, Robert Parish, Vince Carter, Dikembe Mutombo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar forward of Haslem on the NBA’s oldest-player listing.

Haslem’s lone look final season was memorable. He scored 4 factors, grabbed a rebound, drew a cost, was whistled for 2 technical fouls and received ejected in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers on Could 13 — all in a span of two minutes, 40 seconds.

“If that is the final one, I completed it the one method Udonis Haslem may — with an ejection,” Haslem mentioned that evening.

Haslem is one in every of solely two gamers — Dwyane Wade being the opposite — to seem on all three of Miami’s NBA championship groups. Haslem is the one participant to be with the Warmth for all six of their Jap Convention championship runs. He leads the franchise’s all-time listing in rebounds, is second in video games and minutes performed and is seventh in scoring.

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