HoopsHype Udonis Haslem rumors

June 28, 2014 Updates

The following statement was released today: “Today we were notified of Dwyane’s intention to opt-out of his contract and Udonis’ intention to not opt into his contract, making both players free agents. Dwyane has been the cornerstone of our organization for over a decade, and we hope he remains a part of the HEAT family for life. Udonis has been the heartbeat of this team for 11 years. He has sacrificed countless times to make this organization successful, and he is the epitome of what this organization stands for. We look forward to meeting with Dwyane and Udonis and their agent in the coming days to discuss our future together.” NBA.com

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But Udonis Haslem doesn’t believe adding Carmelo is that far-fetched. “It doesn’t seem unrealistic,” he said today. “There was a time nobody would have thought you could put this team together, with those guys taking pay cuts, and even myself taking a paycut. You can never say never.” Miami Herald

May 31, 2014 Updates

“I’m going to f— you up,” Haslem clearly said, followed by either “That’s real” or “I swear,” depending on your current level of lip-reading skills. Haslem didn’t play at all in the first half, but he may get some run in garbage time if the game remains this out of hand. It’s unlikely he does anything that would earn him a suspension that would carry over into the Finals, but the threat is real, and Stephenson likely knows it. NBCSports.com

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When James took an elbow to the throat from McRoberts in Game 2, Haslem was on the bench. He immediately tried to get in the game to handle it, but coach Erik Spoelstra knew better than to put him in. Later, James dissuaded him from retaliation. “LeBron came to me and told me, ‘Don’t do it. They’re gonna be watching you. It’s not worth it,’” Haslem said. “That was the end of that conversation.” Palm Beach Post

April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

When Chris Bosh's wife is pregnant, the wives of Riley and Arison are at the baby shower. When Wade is getting engaged, he's making the announcement at Riley's South Beach apartment, at the team holiday party. When Wade is celebrating a birthday, Riley and Arison are having drinks on his boat. When James is vacationing in Europe, he's meeting up with Arison. And when he's getting married, you'll find Riley and Arison on that dance floor. And it isn't just for the super-famous guys, either. Heat lifer Udonis Haslem has rarely been as moved as he was at his mother's wake, when Riley came to his rough neighborhood trailed by members of the Heat front office. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

But there is some uncertainty about a timetable. Udonis Haslem said Friday “it’s hard to tell” when Wade will play in a game again. “He’s out there a few minutes at practice, not too heavy,” Haslem said. “He’s moving pretty well. He’s getting better. Hopefully, he’ll be back a couple of games before the playoffs. I’m sure that’s what he’s hoping for. It’s nothing we want to push. We need him for the playoffs.” Miami Herald

April 4, 2014 Updates

Heat players have referred to the risks you run when reshuffling a contender so late in the season. As one Heat official recently put it, "Now you see why we didn't trade U.D." Dealing Udonis Haslem, the 11-season standby, the three-time champion and all-time franchise rebounding leader, whose jersey will rise to the rafters shortly after his retirement, and whose Dade County credentials are so secure that they even survived his stealth move to Broward? The guy who has taken less money than was available on the open market twice, and who has embodied the Heat's self-professed, prized "culture" more than any player other than his on-court "father figure" (and recently-minted Basketball Hall of Famer) Alonzo Mourning, never backing down from a challenge, a foe or a fight? Bleacher Report

April 2, 2014 Updates

Only Spoelstra’s system and culture and the best player in basketball afford the absences of Wade and Haslem for most of the season, and still compete for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. “Oh, no, I didn’t know I was going to be sitting all those games this year,” Haslem told RealGM. “Had no idea. It was difficult going through the situation, but I kept myself ready. I worked out every day with [James Jones], Rashard [Lewis], [Michael] Beasley, Toney Douglas and Justin Hamilton, playing three-on-three and keeping each other encouraged.” RealGM

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