Udonis Haslem is currently the oldest player in the NBA. He turns 42 on Thursday and just completed his 19th season in the league. At this point, it’s natural to ask about his plan to finally call it a career.
At the moment, however, Haslem isn’t ready to plan his retirement party just yet. Asked about his intention to return for next season, the three-time NBA champion hinted that it remains a possibility:
“As usual, I’ll take my time, sit down with the family, Pat, Micky [Arison, the team owner] and talk about what’s next and where it’s going,” Haslem said (h/t Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel).
Haslem also revealed he was still in pain after the Heat were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 6-foot-8 tall man says right now he needs to take a step back to consider all his options:
“I want to play right now,” he said. “But I don’t get what I want. I want to keep playing. So I don’t get what I want at the moment. So now it’s time to take a mental break and figure this out, after this.
Udonis Haslem is far from a star – he barely takes the field for the Heat these days. However, what cannot be denied is that he is still an integral part of this group. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he returned for his 20th season in 2022-23.