Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) reacts prior to game three of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Udonis Haslem May Take Less Money to Remain With Heat

The Miami Heat need to focus on winning their next three games against the San Antonio Spurs — if they last that long — and they need to make sure that they don’t get too lost in other matters. But while winning is the priority at the moment, some are starting to take a look ahead to the offseason and the changes it could bring.

Udonis Haslem has a $4.62 million player option for next season and the question is whether he’ll opt-in, opt-out and test free agency or retire from the NBA. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat veteran is expected to opt back in and may even take less money to stay with Miami another season.

Udonis Haslem’s contract situation seems pretty straightforward: He has a $4.62 million player option for next season, the last year of his contract, and he said Thursday that his plan is to opt into that contract, as everyone would expect.

Asked if he would be willing to take less for a longer deal, Haslem said: “It’s something I would sit down and talk about with my family and Hank [agent Henry Thomas].”

Haslem has always been a team player for the Heat and has been willing to sacrificial time, money and just about everything to make sure he’s part of a winning culture and team in Miami.

Taking less money to remain in Miami isn’t something Haslem is doing for selfish reasons, he’s doing it because he loves this team and that’s why fans all over Miami love Haslem right back.

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