NBA Rumors: Heat add Derrick Williams; Udonis Haslem set to return for 14th season in Miami?

NBA Rumors: Heat add Derrick Williams; Udonis Haslem set to return for 14th season in Miami?

The Miami Heat has roped in Derrick Williams on a one-year deal on Friday. The franchise is also working out a deal with Udonis Haslem.

Veteran power forward Udonis Haslem is set to return for the 14th season in Miami Heat. Haslem started his NBA career in 2003 and had a long stint with the franchisee like Dwyane Wade.

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Wade left Miami in free agency for Chicago Bulls this summer after spending 13 seasons with the team. But Haslem is trying to work out a deal with Miami, unlike Wade. Haslem may return at Miami at a salary above NBA’s minimum scale, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Haslem’s return may not be complimented by enough playing minutes, as Heat signed promising forward Derrick Williams on Friday.

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Heat Add Derrick Williams from Knicks

In another offseason move, Miami added forward Derrick Williams to its roster on a one-year, $5 million contract, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

Williams himself confirmed the agreement with Heat on Twitter.

“Excited for the opportunity to play for the @MiamiHeat! World class organization . Going to be awesome learning from @CoachSpo [Heat coach Erik Spoelstra].” Read Williams’ tweet. The free agent forward has been impressed by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s system, which increased the market values of promising stars like center Hassan Whiteside and guard Tyler Johnson.

The 25-year-old forward was renounced by the Knicks this offseason.

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Miami faced the significant loss in free agency as Joe Johnson left for Utah Jazz and Tyler Johnson may leave for Brooklyn Nets if Heat declines to match his $50 million offer sheet. This gives Williams an opportunity to showcase his talent in Miami.

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