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: $2,393,887
Longtime Heat teammate Udonis Haslem believes Wade started having a strong social activist voice in 2010 when fellow All-Stars James and Chris Bosh joined him in Miami. Wade said his voice arrived when he understood who he was as a black man. “It comes with age, comes with maturity, comes with understanding your position,” Wade said. “I’m very aware of life, of all the people around. I’m very aware of myself, so I’m going to speak on what I believe on. It’s my belief, and I’ve been gifted this platform to be able to do that. And I know a lot of people who haven’t been given, who probably never will be, so I think I just take advantage of that.”
He is contemplating playing another season with the Heat instead of following close friend Dwyane Wade into retirement in a few months. “I’m not 100 percent sure I’m done,” Haslem said. “I know I said I had nothing else to prove. It’s coming close but, man, I still have so much to give. … We’ll see. I’m going to talk to (Heat CEO) Nick Arison and talk to the guys and just weigh my options. I’ve still got the fire to burn. I’ve still got something to contribute.”
Storyline: Udonis Haslem Retirement?
“People might not understand, but I get joy out of that,” Haslem said. “It helps these guys because it’s a win-win for everybody. I’m in the situation where I’m not a coach, but stuff like that helps me but also helps the guys. I’ve kind of got the best of both worlds. The only difference between me and D-Wade is he gets to play every night. He burns the candle. The contribution for me is more so in the background.”
If Haslem decides to call it quits, he wants to remain around the organization in some capacity. He has spoken with former players like Michael Finley, who is now the vice president of basketball operations with the Mavericks. Haslem has no interest in holding a full-time position like that, but he would love a role that’s a good mix of front office and player. “I want to get a Tim Duncan role,” Haslem said. “I want to be able to come to practice and practice sometimes and work out with the guys. I want to be a jack of all trades, a Swiss Army knife. I’m always going to stay in shape.”