TWO BITS: Haslem re-signs, Williams flips

By Adam Silverstein
July 19, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators power forward Udonis Haslem re-signed with the Miami Heat on Friday. A three-time NBA Champion who has played his entire 11-year career with his hometown team, Haslem is Miami’s all-time leading rebounder and is the only undrafted player in league history to hold that mark with a franchise. “Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years,” team president Pat Riley said in a press release. “He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player, that would play just about any position or role in order to win. It’s been such a privilege and honor to have him with the organization, and I’m so happy that he decided to come back.”

Haslem opted out of a $4.62 million player option to return to the Heat, doing so in hopes of providing the team with enough flexibility to re-sign its star players, including LeBron James. Once again leaving money on the table, his new contract is for two years and approximately $5.59 million, according to The Miami Herald‘s Jeff Goodman. As he is set to earn $2.73 million for the 2014-15 season, Haslem has now passed on a total of nearly $16 million in his career in order to remain with Miami.

2 » Seven months after three-star defensive back Deontai Williams (Jacksonville, FL) became the program’s only 2015 commitment, the self-described life-long Gators fan has flipped his pledge to the Georgia Bulldogs. According to 247 Sports’ of Rusty Mansell and Rivals affiliate, Williams is now Georgia’s 15th pledge for the recruiting cycle. Florida is subsequently down to just nine commitments.


  1. SW FL Joe says:

    I guess the terms “Life long Gator fan” and “Commitment” don’t mean the same thing I thought they did. Either you’re a Gator or you’re Gator bait.

  2. Michael J. says:

    Signing date doesn’t happen for a long time and a win in Jacksonville could go a long way in Williams changing his mind. Losing Williams isn’t that critical, Florida doesn’t lack for defensive backs. I could also Marcus Lewis changing his mind very easily. UF’s recruiting did suffer a major blow with the news that JUCO defensive lineman D.J. Jones committed to FSU. He is a player that UF could desperately use, especially with Muschamp bemoaning the ability of the current reserves on the defensive line.

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