Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem opt out of contracts


It looks like the Miami Heat players will be staying together for another run at an NBA title. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem all reportedly opted out of their contracts Saturday. The expectation is that all three will sign longer-term deals for less money annually, thereby allowing the Heat to bring in more talent.

News of Wade opting out was reported by Tim Reynolds of the AP. Wade was due $42 million over the next two years. Opting out should allow him to sign a new contract for more guaranteed money even if it will be for less of an amount per year.

I wouldn’t even want Wade on the team taking up valuable cap space based on the way he played in the playoffs. Then again, I said the same thing about Manu Ginobili last year, and then he turned around and played great in 2014. I just think his injuries have taken away some of his greatest talents.

Bosh reportedly is seeking a 5-year deal for around $15 million annually after opting out of his contract.

Heat veteran Udonis Haslem also opted out of his contract, Ethan J. Skolnick reported Saturday. He had a player option for $4.6 million next season.

LeBron James has already opted out of his contract and will likely sign for less money so the team can bring in more talent.

Now Pat Riley needs to make good use of the extra money by going out and getting some talent to help LeBron.

LeBron James consoled by Udonis Haslem at end of Game 5 (Video)

No, LeBron James was not crying at the end of Game 5 despite what all the haters would like to believe. The man was just emotionally and physically spent, and probably devastated that his team was losing the NBA title to the Spurs a year after winning it. You could see it in these moments shown on TV by ABC/ESPN.

LeBron played well in Game 5 and was the only Heat player who showed up during the Finals. He had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks while playing 41 minutes in the elimination game. And Udonis Haslem made his greatest contribution during the Finals by consoling James in that moment.

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Sorry to say it, but the 34-year-old forward was pretty much useless during the series and at many times during the postseason.

This song goes out to LeBron from U-Don. Here’s to you baby:

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Udonis Haslem to Lance Stephenson: I’m going to f— you up (Video)

Udonis Haslem Lance StephensonLance Stephenson was busy being an irritant during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers as he had been all series, and Udonis Haslem decided he’d had enough.

During the second quarter when Stephenson was messing with LeBron James and gave Norris Cole a clothesline, Haslem issued a serious threat to Lance. U-Don could be seen saying to Lance, “I’m going to f— you up.”

You know he said it too, because you could tell how crazy the fans in the front row reacted.

You never want to mess with U-Don, Ghostface Killah or the Method Man. But mostly you don’t want to mess with U-Don. He will end you, chief.

Video via @WorldofIsaac

Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman headline chippy Heat-Pacers Game 5 (Videos)

Already a testy series between the Heat and Pacers, matters got even uglier in Game 5 Tuesday night.

In the second quarter, Tyler Hansbrough made a move toward the basket until he ran into Udonis Haslem. Hansbrough put up a shot but was clobbered by Haslem’s forearm in the process. As he defended the shot, the Heat forward brought down both arms to Hansbrough’s head in an apparent deliberate act of malice.

Haslem arguably should have been called for a flagrant-two foul and thus ejected, but he was called only for a flagrant-one and remained in the game. It still remains possible that he could see disciplinary action from the league office.

The foul on Hansbrough might have been retribution for his hard foul that bloodied Dwyane Wade’s face minutes earlier:

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Udonis Haslem calls Kendrick Perkins a fake tough guy

The Heat’s 98-93 win over the Thunder on Wednesday didn’t just give us a thrilling game to watch, but it also showed us what may be bubbling into one of the league’s bitter rivalries. Things got a little testy at times: Kendrick Perkins committed a hard foul on Dwyane Wade and moments later Russell Westbrook took down LeBron James on a fast-break dunk attempt. Let’s also not forget about Perkins harshly criticizing LeBron in February for his much-discussed tweet after Perkins had his soul taken away by Blake Griffin on that dunk. LeBron refused to apologize.

On Thursday, the Heat were still buzzing over their big, comeback victory the night before and Udonis Haslem, who apparently took exception to Perkins’ foul on Wade, used a guest spot on WQAM to take a dig at the OKC center.

“I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show,” Haslem said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think he’s all that he shows out there on the court.

“I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls and stop the game and different things like that. I don’t see him being any tough guy that he puts on the show to be, at all.

“If we were playing at the park, I don’t think he’d be doing all that.”

Last I checked, the NBA doesn’t play its games at the park (maybe eventually in some presason gimmick). So as long as Perkins is an enforcer when games are played in arenas — like they all are — it shouldn’t matter if he’s putting on an act. But what do I know? All I know is that a Heat-Thunder pairing would provide one hell of an NBA Finals.

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Heat and Mavericks Get into Mini-Fight During Second Quarter (Video)

The Heat and Mavericks had some bad blood develop during their NBA Finals series. There was no real rivalry between the teams, but there were some individuals who had previous beef (see LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson). While nobody will confuse this series for the real hatred going on in the Stanley Cup Final, they did get into a mini-fight during the second quarter. That there was a debate about players possibly being suspended if there were a Game 7 is laughable. That was such a non-incident, and honestly, would you expect everyone to hold hands and hug at midcourt? Both Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem got technical fouls as did DeShawn Stevenson. The Mavs ended up with an extra free throw as a result, but if you’re going to T-up Chalmers there, you should do the same thing to Tyson Chandler for putting his hands on Haslem.

Thanks to Ben Golliver for the video