Haslem recruiting Wade to return to Heat

Dwyane Wade and the Heat will look to improve on last season's first-round playoff exit.

Miami Heat big man Udonis Haslem wants to go out with Dwyane Wade. Haslem recently signed a one-year contract with the Heat. He is hoping Wade, an unrestricted free agent, will do the same.

“My mindset has always been for us to finish it together,” Haslem told the Associated Press. “I want us to do a whole season together. Experience the road, dinner on the road, go through that whole process. I want us to experience that together.”

Haslem hasn’t played much lately but is valued as a leader in many areas, both on the floor and off. And Wade, 36, has proven he can still be a pretty good player. Like Haslam, Heat president Pat Riley wants Wade to return.

Wade started the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, appearing in fairly inconsistent 46 games. But he found new life after the Cavs shipped him to the Heat in February — averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21 games. He then averaged 16.6 points in five playoff games.

Reports lately have suggested Wade will return to the Heat, though he himself has not given any indication what he intends to do. He did say after the season that he will either retire or return to Miami. Other teams are not under consideration, he said.

If Wade were to return, he would most likely do so for one year and $5.3 million, which is what the Heat have available via an exception.

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