Haslem inks two-year deal with Heat


The Miami Heat signed former Florida forward Udonis Haslem a two-year, $5.6 million contract. (The Associated Press)

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.

Former UF forward Udonis Haslem has signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Miami Heat.

Haslem has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Heat and is the franchise's all-time rebounds leader. He and Dwyane Wade are the only players to appear on all three of Miami's championship teams. Haslem's deal was worked out several days ago, and Haslem told the team he had no desire to leave his hometown, anyway.

“Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or role in order to win. It’s been such a privilege and honor to have him with the organization and I’m so happy that he decided to come back.”

The Miami native opted out of a contract that would have paid him $4.6 million next season to give the team flexibility during free agency.

Haslem averaged 3.8 points last season. For his career, Haslem has averaged 8.6 points in 715 regular-season games.

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