Heat Re-Sign Haslem, Get Miller
The Miami Heat moved closer to completing their roster for the coming season as the team reached an agreement with forward Udonis Haslem, who turned down more lucrative offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets to be able to get the chance to play with Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.
Haslem will reportedly get around $20 million over five years, making the 30-year-old Miami native a possible lifer as a Heat, just as team president Pat Riley had envisioned. Haslem agreed to the Heat offer despite being more than $10 million less than the full mid level offer the Mavericks and Nuggets were willing to give. “I would be changing my DNA if I left just for money,” said Haslem, who has averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds in his seven-year career with the Heat.
Meanwhile, reports said Miami has also reached a deal with shooting guard Mike Miller, formerly of the Washington Wizards. Miller is expected to sign a five-year contract worth $30 million. The Miller deal was made possible after the Heat traded 21-year-old forward Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Miller gives the Heat an outside threat that could spread the floor for Wade, James, and Bosh to operate. The 30-year-old former Florida Gators averaged 10 points with a 48 percent clip from beyond the arc for the Wizards last year.