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Dwyane Wade has decided he’s done as an NBA player. A longtime Miami Heat teammate has yet to decide whether or not he will continue to lace ’em up.
Udonis Haslem continues to weigh his options about coming back for what would be his 17th NBA season, he tells Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
“Me and my wife have talked about, me and my family have talked about it,” Haslem, 38, who has spent his entire career with the Heat, said. “Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his ‘One Last Dance,’ a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point. Even though personally as the person I am, I’m kind of like whatever.
“But I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on the decision that we make, and my wife is adamant about me letting people celebrate me at some point.”
Haslem, who will turn 39 in June, is valued by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, despite his limited minutes.
“His leadership is something that everybody and every franchise in the league is looking to add to their team,” Spoelstra said. “We have it in-house, built-in.”