In 2002, not a single team drafted Udonis Haslem. For the last 15 years, the Heat haven’t been able to quit him. Heat: OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have re-signed F Udonis Haslem. pic.twitter.com/eJF7KleK0A — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 20,
Among the three NBA teams LeBron James has been linked with as possible landing spots, only two provide plausible attractions for the Cavs’ main man. The Miami Heat, the L.A. Lakers and the Houston Rockets are all reportedly potential suitors for James should he decide to exercise his right to opt out of his contract in Cleveland next summer. Los Angeles provides comfort for James, as he has a home in the city’s suburbs.
During the Heat’s remarkable second-half surge last season, Justise Winslow could only watch while wearing a suit on the bench. Winslow missed most of last year after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, robbing him of some key developmental minutes alongside the rest of the Heat’s young core, which went 30–11 to close the season. Winslow figures to be a much bigger factor in his third year in Miami, where the Heat are running it back with mostly the same group responsible for the furious finish to last season.