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Heat Veteran Reportedly Considered Leaving Miami To Team Up With LeBron

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We wouldn't blame Miami Heat fans for feeling a bit cut after Dwyane Wade left Chicago after only one year to sign with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, disregarding Pat Riley's offer for Wade to come back to the Heat.

What makes things worse for Miami fans however, is that a fan favorite for the Heat organization also considered joining LeBron this offseason.

Udonis Haslem, who has played his entire 14-year career with the Heat, was reportedly weighing up whether he should head over to Cleveland or not, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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“I got an interesting call from Cleveland. My son is out there [as a student and football player] at the University of Toledo in Ohio. It was something to consider,”

Udonis Haslem furthered that he never visited Cleveland, but revealed his agent, Leon Rose, had discussions with the Cavs management.

"“There might have been some conversations there,” he added.

With Haslem reaching the tail end of his career, joining a contender like Cleveland to provide minutes off the bench and compete for another ring alongside James isn't that ridiculous of an idea. But they don't call Udonis 'Mr.305' for nothing.

“I can't imagine being anywhere else. I’m all heart and going somewhere else, my heart just wouldn't be in it. I just wouldn't see the same player regardless of the opportunity to play and the minutes," said Haslem.

Udonis was born and bred in Florida, playing college ball for Florida before going undrafted in the 2003 and being signed by the Heat. Since then, Haslem has won 3 titles in Miami, as well as leading the Heat franchise in career rebounds. Pretty impressive for an undrafted player.

With the 2017-18 NBA season shaping up to be Haslem's 15th, it would not be surprising to see the power forward hang up the Heat jersey come to the end of the season.