Pat Riley, HEAT release statement on Wade, Haslem becoming free agent

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Heat released the following quotes attributed to the Heat president.

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat organization wasted no time issuing a statement on Saturday moments after news broke that longtime players Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem were set to become unrestricted free agents.

"Today we were notified of Dwyane's intention to opt-out of his contract and Udonis' intention to not opt into his contract, making both players free agents," said Riley. "Dwyane has been the cornerstone of our organization for over a decade, and we hope he remains a part of the HEAT family for life."

The only two members of all three championship teams are possibly seeking longer contracts to remain with the Heat, the only NBA team they have played for. Wade declined two more player option years at $42 million while Haslem is leaving behind $4.62 million if he had opted in for the last year of his contract.

"Udonis has been the heartbeat of this team for 11 years," Riley remarked. "He has sacrificed countless times to make this organization successful, and he is the epitome of what this organization stands for. We look forward to meeting with Dwyane and Udonis and their agent in the coming days to discuss our future together."

No word from Riley about Bosh at the moment, who has also reportedly opted out and to become a free agent. ESPN is reporting that sources claim teams trying to schedule free agent meetings with LeBron James have not been able to do so as of yet.

Additionally, rookie Shabazz Napier will be introduced at a press conference at 2pm on Monday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

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