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Southeast Rumors: Haslem, Brand, Magic

The Hawks can go a long way toward the playoffs if they win at home tonight against the Cavs, while a loss puts Atlanta in trouble. The Southeast Division could have as many as four teams in the playoffs, with the Heat leading the way, as usual. Here’s the latest on the Heat and their division rivals:

  • A source tells Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick that the Heat fielded offers for Udonis Haslem before the deadline this year, and Mario Chalmers and others in the locker room are glad the team didn’t deal away Haslem and mess with its chemistry.
  • Elton Brand still hasn’t made up his mind about returning for a 16th NBA season next year, tweets Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Hawks center will be a free agent at the end of the season.
  • The players the Magic acquire in the offseason could determine whether the team continues its experiment with rookie Victor Oladipo at point guard, coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters, including Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.
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7 thoughts on “Southeast Rumors: Haslem, Brand, Magic

  1. Z....

    It would have been an incredibly hard pill to swallow had Haslem been traded. He has been the heart of this team since Alonzo Mourning retired. His jersey will be hanging in the rafters some day, where it belongs

    • ManBearPig618

      I get that he’s been a life long member of the Heat, but hanging in the rafters? I’d really have to disagree. Dude is like 8.5 and 7.4 on his career. He’s been (at times) productive and loyal, but nowhere near rafter worthy.

      • Z....

        considering you are a fan of a team that doesnt show any loyalty to probably the greatest of all time, nor an underrated great 2 way player like Scottie Pippen, I see why you would say that. Seeing Haslem from the day he came into the league until hopefully his career is over, I’d have to absolutely disagree with everything you said. NOBODY personifies Miami Heat more than Udonis Haslem has and still does. After Zo retired, Haslem has been the heart of this team, and there is a reason why he is the captain. I wear my #40 jersey proud, and it would be an absolute travesty if it doesnt rise to the rafters. That wont be an issue though, as this organization recognizes greatness

        • ManBearPig618

          No loyalty? Let’s try Scottie works for the organization and is at every game. As for MJ, he owns another team. Are we really going to ask why he doesn’t have closer ties with an organization when there are obvious conflict of interest issues?

          I’m not attacking Haslem or the Heat, so there is no reason to get defensive. I was merely saying I don’t think he’s anywhere near the caliber of player to retire his jersey into the rafters.

          The Heat currently have 3 retired numbers:

          10 – Tim Hardaway
          23 – In honor of Michael Jordan
          33 – Alonzo Mourning

          Obviously Wade will join them. But Haslem? Not in their league.

          • Z....

            you havent seen him for his whole career, so you have no way to understand why he will absolutely be in the rafters and should be

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