Riley hopes to re-sign Wade, Haslem: 'I think we'll get them done'
The lack of activity this offseason could be a problem for the Miami Heat, but longtime team president Pat Riley is confident he'll bring back two beloved fan favorites next season.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem remain unsigned as training camp nears, but Riley said Thursday, "I think we'll get them done," according to The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds.
It's a return to South Beach or retirement for Wade, who said "Heat only," earlier this month, according to the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro. "If I play the game of basketball this year, it will be in a Miami uniform."
As for Haslem, Riley is highly optimistic that the enforcer will return for his 16th season with the Heat, saying, "I feel good that he's back," according to Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman.
Wade remains fully capable of being an effective scorer off the bench and played an important late-season closer role for the middling Heat. Haslem lost his spot in the rotation long ago and has taken on a leadership role at the end of the bench for Miami's young core.
The two Heat legends entered the league together in 2003 when Miami drafted Wade No. 5 overall and signed Haslem as an undrafted free agent. They won three championships through 13 and a half seasons as teammates.