A regular rotating player in Miami when the team won the championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013, Haslem has not appeared in more than 16 games or recorded more than 130 minutes in a single season since 2015/16.
In 2020/21, he only played once, earning an appearance in the final week of the regular season. He memorably won an ejection for a dusting with Dwight Howard just three minutes after checking into the game.
Despite not seeing much action for the Heat anymore, Haslem is a well-respected locker room presence who essentially has a standing invitation to continue signing minimum wage contracts with the club until he does. he decides to retire.
That day has not yet arrived. The 41-year-old will spend at least one more season in the NBA and, as Winderman points out, become the 21st player in NBA history to play in 19 seasons as long as he appears in at least one game for the Heat. in 2021/22.
Once Haslem officially signs their deal, the Heat will have 14 players with guaranteed contracts. Miami could perhaps use another keeper or winger, but a 15th man would put the team’s salary above the tax line, so it’s not clear if the club intend to fill that out. square, tweets Barry Jackson du Miami Herald.
The Heat have two slots open both ways, which will likely be filled with undrafted free agents who impress the team in the Summer League and in training camp.