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Udonis Haslem puts team first, says decision to stay with Miami Heat 'wasn't about me'

ESPN.com | Updated: 2018-09-11 13:00:10

MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem said his "love for the organization" outweighed his desire for playing time when he decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat for a 16th season.

Haslem officially signed his one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Heat on Monday, a deal that was struck last week and finally became official when he put pen to paper. Haslem has spent his entire career with the Heat, and the new deal means the Miami native will be with his hometown franchise for more than half of its 31-year history.

"For the hometown kid in me, that means the world," Haslem said. "I wish I understood how big that is right now, because I really don't, but I know it's big."

Haslem appeared in only 14 games last season and hasn't had much of a role with the Heat in the last three seasons. Haslem believes he can still play -- he has kept himself in tremendous condition -- but knows that he probably won't have a big on-court presence again.

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