View Full Version : Mavs offer full mid-evel exception to Udonis Haslem

07-12-2010, 03:07 PM

Earlier Sunday, we pointed out here that the Dallas Mavericks have been interested in power forward Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Miami Heat.

On Sunday night, sources close to the situation confirmed to ESPNDallas.com that the Mavericks have extended a multi-year offer to Haslem that starts at the full $5.8 mid-level exception.

One source added that Haslem one of Miami's most effective defenders on Dirk Nowitzki during the 2006 NBA Finals is giving Dallas' pitch strong consideration despite the fact that the Heat are lobbying him hard to stay for less money and play with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The 6-foot-8 Haslem has averaged 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds in his career. Haslem, 30, made $7.1 million last season. The newly star-laden Heat hope to keep him but will be limited to offering Haslem just over $4 million a year after signing the mega-free-agent trio and completing the expected signing of sharpshooter Mike Miller.

Although Dallas can clearly outbid Miami, Haslem's strong ties to the area especially to his close friend Wade hurt the Mavericks' chances of actually landing him. It's also possible that New Jersey could join the bidding for Haslem as well.

Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle have said the club's top free-agent priority is to sign a power forward or center. The Mavs have secured new deals with Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood, but depth is lean behind them with only Eduardo Najera and Erick Dampier on the roster.

07-12-2010, 03:07 PM
already posted. delete this

da wood
07-12-2010, 03:13 PM
just seeing it get him

greek miami hea
07-12-2010, 03:23 PM
nope.he wll be back!

Dallas Tx4Life
07-12-2010, 03:28 PM
i think mavs might pull this off... personally i dont like it

Don Starks
07-12-2010, 03:29 PM
Dallas is trying to ****-block the heat - i think it would be interesting if the rest of the league started offering better contracts to all the players riley was going after to fill his roster.

07-12-2010, 03:31 PM
love the sig