Udonis Haslem Rumors

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Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem
Position: F
Born: 06/09/80
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:227 lbs. / 103.4 kg.
Salary: $4,000,000
LeBron James: So they’re able to keep Steph, Klay and Draymond and able to go out and sign someone else like they did this past summer by just getting rid of a couple pieces in Harrison Barnes and not re-signing Barbosa and Bogut and guys from last year’s team. So that allowed them to go do that. My case, going to Miami, we had to clear a lot of space because they didn’t have anybody as far as guys that they wanted to keep as far as Bird rights besides U.D. [Udonis Haslem] and D-Wade. They had the opportunity to go get two of us, and they did that in me and Bosh, and then we were able to finagle a way to get Mike Miller because some of us took pay cuts, and got some other guys. We had Rio [Mario Chalmers] because he was drafted. But it was a different situation. Totally different. Totally different.
Haslem — who turns 37 on Friday — has been one of the driving forces behind the Heat’s early offseason work. As the team captain, Haslem has already worked out a few times with impending free agent Dion Waiters and has made sure to stop in at AmericanAirlines Arena to catch up with other teammates. “In the midst of keeping myself in shape and keeping myself healthy, I’m also making sure those guys are staying in shape, staying healthy and doing the things that they’re supposed to be doing,” Haslem said. “The thing about this team is that there’s no mandatory, no coaches. It’s just guys showing up. Me in the league 14 years in, I pop in once a week, twice a week. I get a workout with the guys, get up some shots, talk some crap, crack some jokes, just see how everybody’s doing. We always stay connected.”
It happened for Alonzo Mourning, those forced appearances at charity golf outings at the start of his Heat tenure eventually producing a polished game that had him often hitting in foursomes with President Obama. Now Ray Allen, ranked as the NBA’s top golfer during his playing days, said at his Thursday foundation appearance that Dwyane Wade also has caught the bug. But there are limits when it comes to Heat and hacking. “D-Wade’s trying to get me into golf, but I ain’t rolling on that one,” Haslem said. “I can just see myself breaking a golf club or two, and those things ain’t cheap. Especially when I retire, I’m going to have to be on a budget, so I can’t be breaking golf clubs.”