Forward Udonis Haslem stays with Heat on two-year deal

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Miami Heat will once again have the presence of 11-year-veteran Udonis Haslem inside the paint, after the forward agreed on a two-year deal.

Although no information was released on the pact, it was reported that it is for the room midlevel exception worth $5.5 million according to ESPN.

The deal was made official just days after former Heat gunners Mike Miller and James Jones inked with Cleveland, joining LeBron James.

Heat president Pat Riley appreciates Haslem’s loyalty to the organization and sees the versatility of the forward.

“He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or role in order to win,” Riley stated.

Haslem averaged only 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds last season in 46 regular-season games played.

In the 2013-2014 playoffs, the three-time champion saw his minutes reduced as he averaged 2.5 points along with 2.6 rebounds in 16 games.

Haslem hopes to gain some playing time back after the retirement of Shane Battier and the departure of Rashard Lewis.

The forward embodies toughness, loyalty, hard work and sacrifice for the team above all.

“It’s been such a privilege and honor to have him with the organization and I’m so happy that he decided to come back,” Riley added.

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