Free agent big man Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire 19-year NBA profession with the Heat, will formally announce his future NBA plans at his youth camp in Miami on Sunday, reports Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel (via Twitter).
As Winderman notes, the Heat have given Haslem the choice to return for a twentieth season — if he’s interested. If he re-signs, Miami would have 14 players with guaranteed contracts on its standard 15-man roster and be roughly $200K below the luxurious tax line of $150,267,000, tweets Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.
The 42-year-old said on Monday that his NBA future as a player was still up within the air, but evidently he’s either given himself a deadline or arrived at a choice.
Haslem was a useful on-court contributor in the sooner portion of his profession, starting 52 of Miami’s 66 postseason games throughout the club’s championship runs in 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 872 regular season games, including 500 starts (24.8 MPG), he holds averages of seven.5 PPG and 6.6 RPG while shooting 48.9% from the ground and 75.6% from the road.
Over the past six seasons, Haslem has primarily served as a veteran mentor and leader, appearing in a complete of just 58 games with a modest average of seven.0 MPG. Still, the Heat clearly love his ability to get through to his teammates, which is why they keep giving him an open invitation to return every 12 months despite his limited on-court production.