Pat Riley Shares Encouraging News Regarding Udonis Haslem’s Potential Return to Miami Heat

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With the Miami Heat’s attention officially turning to the 2019-20 NBA season, fans are wondering if franchise icon Udonis Haslem will still be on the roster next year.

Although there was some uncertainty regarding the veteran’s return, Heat team president Pat Riley shed some encouraging news on Haslem’s mindset on Friday morning.

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Haslem, 39, is one of the best players to put on a Heat jersey. Due to beloved guard Dwyane Wade retiring last season, many people thought the Heat’s all-time leading rebounder would call it quits as well. Afterall, both fan favorites came into the league in 2003 and have seen their roles diminish heavily throughout the years.

However, while Haslem’s best days are behind him, the team wants him around to help mentor, develop, and coach the young guys.

The forward, who is adored by his teammates, is a great middle man between the coaches and youngsters.

The 16-year veteran has career averages of 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.