Haslem expected to return to Heat

Heat big man Udonis Haslem has spent his entire career in South Beach.

Udonis Haslem is expected to return for his 16th NBA season with the Miami Heat, though nothing was finalized as of Wednesday morning — according to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Haslem has spent his entire pro career in South Beach and is the Heat’s all-time leader in rebounds.

“It was a great conversation,” Haslem told The Associated Press of his recent discussions with Miami. “At the end of the day, it’s was a conversation about if they want me back and if I want to be back.”

Haslem is expected to receive the $2.4 million veteran’s minimum. The 38-year-old only appeared in 14 games in 2017-18. He averaged 0.6 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 72 minutes.

“It’s really tough to explain to people outside what he means to this team,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said earlier this offseason. “Everybody is looking, ‘OK, he’s not playing.’ But they don’t know how much he brings to this team, especially with his experience and leadership.”

In 844 games with the Heat, Haslem has career averages of 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He’s won three championships as well.