Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade were teammates for the entirety of their 14-year NBA careers but the 2016-17 campaign will change that. Following Wade’s departure from the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls, Wade and Haslem will be opponents for the first time in their careers.
Wade, speaking to reporters, including Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, said one of the things he’ll miss most from his days in Miami is playing with Haslem. The feeling is mutual as Haslem told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald that he supports Wade “through thick and thin.”
However, both men are set to hit free agency next season and Haslem did not rule out the possibility of teaming up with Wade one more time.
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“I’m going to damn sure try,” Haslem said about a possible on-court reunion. “I mean, I don’t know. I guess I’ve got to wait until next summer to see how that goes. But, I never give up without a fight. So there’s ain’t no time to start now.”
Wade made the tough decision of leaving the Heat; leaving behind his legacy as a three-time world champion and his status as the face of the franchise. Speaking at the first annual CommUNITY Bike Ride event in Coconut Grove. Miami, Wade said he will miss his house and his relationship with Haslem, a man he referred to as his “brother.”
But if there exists a possibility of them being teammates, Haslem sounded reluctant in leaving the Heat to make it happen.
“I never said [I’d leave the Heat]. I won’t ever say that,” Haslem said. “When I said play with him again, I never said leave.”
However, if Wade comes back to Miami to finish his career with Haslem by his side, Wade’s longtime teammate has a plan in place.
"He's trying to sell his house down here,” Haslem said. “I might just buy it and hold it for him."