Haslem thinks Wade will be back, not as sure about himself

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem spent Tuesday considering
makeovers, in terms of both personal grooming and grooming his future.

Foremost, the focus during an appearance at the team’s youth camp at
South Broward High School in Hollywood was the direction the Heat will
take in free agency, with Haslem and teammate Dwyane Wade both to become
part of that process July 1.

Asked if he expected Wade, his closest friend on the team, to be back
next season, Haslem said "I think he will."

Haslem thinks Wade will be back, not as sure about himself

Asked if he thought he would be back, Haslem was less convincing.

"I’ve never had to wear No. 40 for another team, so I really can’t imagine it," said the University of Florida product who has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with the Heat. "In a perfect world, it won’t have to come to that. But that’s obviously just the nature of the business."

For Haslem, a South Florida native, business and pleasure have become intertwined in recent days.

Last week, the Heat threw a surprise 30th birthday party for Haslem at his Southwest Ranches home.

"It seemed like everybody in Miami knew but me," he said. "I really felt appreciated."

During that party, former Heat center Alonzo Mourning suggested that after turning 30, it might be time for Haslem to cut the braids he has sported for more than a decade.

"It started with just me having a conversation with Zo and his opinion and it just branched out to the other 500 people that were at my house on my birthday," Haslem said.

"This is a tough, tough decision. Right behind where am I going to play at next season, this is the next biggest step."

Told that Wade last week said "If I get a nickel for every person that tells me to stay in Miami, I won’t need to sign a contract," Haslem laughed at just how overwhelming the free-agency buzz has grown.


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