Udonis Haslem Returns to Heat, Boris Diaw Announces Retirement
A whirlwind of an offseason continues as another big name in the game announces his retirement, while a proven veteran is set to return for at least one more season.
Boris Diaw, a former NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs has called it a career after 14 successful seasons in the NBA. Able to breakout in his time with the Phoenix Suns, Diaw was named the 2006 Most Improved Player of the Year. The 36-year old also has a very impressive international resume, suiting up for France on many occasions, helping lead his country to gold in the 2013 European basketball championships. Diaw last played in the NBA in 2017, when he appeared in 73 games for the Utah Jazz.
He spent his last season in France, playing for the Levallois Metropolitans. For his career, the Frenchman averaged 8.6-points per game while shooting 49% from the field.
While Diaw chose the path of retirement, Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem is still not ready to call it quits.
Once a prominent member of the Heat, Haslem has transitioned into a mentor role, playing the part of shabby veteran and providing the Heat with a tough-minded identity in their locker room. The Miami Heat lifer has spent his entire 15 year career with the Heat, averaging 7.7-points and 6.8-rebounds over that span while at one point being an integral presence on the defensive end.
A three-time NBA champion, this may be Haslem’s last ride as he presumably awaits for Dwyane Wade to join him in Miami.