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Report: Erik Spoelstra Trying to Get Udonis Haslem to Return for Another Season
- Updated: April 8, 2019
It’s easy to overlook Udonis Haslem’s career with the Miami Heat due to the adulation over Dwyane Wade’s “One Last Dance.” But Haslem is currently the longest-tenured player on Miami’s roster as he’s spent all 16 years of his career with the Heat.
While Wade’s days with the Heat are numbered, head coach Erik Spoelstra is still hoping to convince Haslem to come back for another season.
Spoelstra said the goal is to get Haslem to play another season.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 7, 2019
Haslem, 38, has had minimal impact on the court this season. He’s only played in eight games during the 2018-19 season and only 38 games over his last three seasons.
That being said, Haslem is a mainstay in the locker room and has been a part of Miami’s winning culture for the better part of two decades. The forward is a three-time champion and can still have a positive impact in the locker room.
Recently, Haslem was nominated for the 2018-19 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, which signifies the respect the veteran has among his own teammates and around the league.
It’s unclear whether or not Haslem is planning to come back for his 17th season, but it’s safe to assume that Spoelstra will do everything he can to have him back on the roster.