MIAMI — We’re three weeks into free agency, and Udonis Haslem is still available.
With most labeling Udonis’ return as inevitable, why is it taking so long for him to re-sign with the Heat? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag.
@AlexMachado305: How come Udonis Haslem hasn’t re-signed with the Heat yet? If it’s expected, why the wait?
Anthony Chiang: Because the Heat and Udonis aren’t really in a rush. But don’t worry, the feeling I’ve gotten from the team is that an agreement to return to the Heat is imminent. Udonis is expected to re-sign with Miami when he returns from his annual trip to China with Dwyane Wade as part of the Way of Wade tour. Miami has no salary cap space remaining, which means the Heat can only offer Udonis the $4.3 million room exception or a minimum contract. Most expect Udonis to get the $2.3 million veteran minimum contract he’s eligible for, as Pat Riley has said he hopes to “hold on” to the room exception to sign a player down the road. But remain calm, a deal between the Heat and Udonis should come soon.
@DavedixsDavid: Do you think anyone from the summer league team besides Bam Adebayo and Okaro White will make the Heat’s regular-season roster?
Anthony Chiang: Probably not. After the Heat re-sign Udonis, they will have 14 players under contract with the room exception still available to use. The Heat can have up to 20 players on the roster for training camp, but the regular-season limit is 15 players. Maybe a few players from Miami’s summer league roster such as sharpshooter Matt Williams or point guard London Perrantes can earn a training-camp invite or even a two-way contract. But a spot on the Heat’s 15-man regular-season roster seems pretty unlikely at this point.
@wolv513: Tyler Johnson is selling his home?
Anthony Chiang: Yes, Tyler has listed his Pinecrest home for sale less than a year after purchasing it. But that doesn’t mean he’s leaving the Heat. There’s a reason for all of this. Tyler and his fiancee planned to have two relatives live with them but the plans changed, as Tyler’s fiancee told the Wall Street Journal ““it’s too big for our family size right now.”