Udonis Haslem, Mr. 305 and the heart and soul of the Miami Heat for the past several years, doesn't plan on leaving the Miami Heat anytime soon and holds a $4.62 million player option for next season in his contract.
But will he opt in as many figured he will, or would he be willing to re-negotiate for a longer deal with the only NBA team he's played for in his pro career?
"It's something I would sit down and talk about with my family and Hank [agent Henry Thomas]," Haslem, who turned 34 on Monday, told the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, in addition to pointing out that he would love to spend several more seasons in Miami.
Should the Heat wish to acquire Carmelo Anthony or another major free agent this summer in addition to retaining the Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, they would need Haslem to cooperate, similar to what they did when they briefly released James Jones in 2010 and then re-signed him for less per year. In that particular deal, Jones had a separate buyout agreement with the Heat in addition to signing a new 3-year deal.
"If I was an inch or two more, I would be making $2 million more," Haslem noted. "But if I'm not the size I am, maybe I'd be lazy and not have the work ethic I have."