The Miami Heat are set to lose their second familiar name at the end of the season, as longtime NBA vet Udonis Haslem is going to retire.
Heat legend Dwyane Wade had already announced he's retiring at the end of the season.
Haslem has been a mainstay in Miami, starting his career with the Heat in the 2003-04 season, and has never played with another franchise.
He is the Heat’s franchise leader in defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds and total rebounds. He is second behind Wade in minutes played and games.
“I’m gonna call it done, too. There’s nothing else left for me to do on the basketball court,” Haslem told David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders.
“My kids are getting older, my son is playing college football at the University of Toledo, my 11-year-old is playing travel baseball and I never see him as he’s always out of town. My 8-year-old is playing travel basketball. There’s so many other things for me to be engaged in right now.
“A lot of guys can’t say that in this league. In this time, you change cities, you change teams, loyalty is kind of forgotten. To be able to say that, to be able to say I played for my organization my whole career, and not just played for one organization but had success individually and collectively as a team.”
Over the course of his career, he's put up career averages of 7.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Haslem came back to the Heat on a one-year deal and has played very little this season, appearing in only three games and playing 4.7 minutes a night.
He's had a solid career, with three NBA championships to his name with the Heat, and is still held in high regard by the franchise for his longevity.
Haslam currently is the fourth-oldest player in the league behind Vince Carter (41), Dirk Nowitzki (40) and Jamal Crawford.