Udonis Haslem Returns to Miami Heat for 17th Season

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem might be 39 years old, but he believes that he still has some basketball left in him.

So much so, in fact, that he inked a one-year deal worth $2.6 million to remain with the Miami Heat for the 17th consecutive season, which will set a mark for longevity with one franchise that only six players in the history of the league have reached.

After going undrafted out of the University of Florida in 2002, he spent one season playing overseas in France before signing a deal with the Heat in 2003. Ever since then, he has played with the South Florida team and become one of the most iconic players in the history of the franchise.

Haslem played a key role in all three of the franchise’s championships in 2005, 2012, and 2013. He has been long known for his rebounding and defensive prowess in the paint, which has long endeared him to Miami fans.

The Heat will keep Haslem around for at least another season despite the veteran big man not having played in more than a handful of games over the past four seasons. In 2018-19, the Florida alum appeared in only 10 games for the Heat, averaging 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

No matter what, Miami will enjoy having Haslem’s veteran presence around for another season.