Udonis Haslem Signs Contract with New Team

After 20 years of being the captain of the Miami Heat, Udonis Haslem officially retired as an NBA player this summer. But that doesn't mean that the Miami-born Haslem has signed his last professional contract. 

The 43-year-old Heat legend has signed a one-day pact with the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. And he'll have at least one on-field play to make:

"As a hometown kid from the 305 this is truly, truly a dream come true," said Haslem as the former 6'8" power forward put on the extra-large Fish jersey.

On September 7th at LoanDepot park in Miami, it'll be "UD Night", and Haslem will throw out the first pitch. It's all to help with his new charity foundation. 

Haslem graduated from Miami Senior High, just over one mile away from the ballpark. 

“Udonis Haslem embodies the South Florida community, and it is our honor to celebrate his many accomplishments on the court and in the surrounding neighborhoods of Miami with UD Night on September 7,” said Caroline O’Connor, Marlins President of Business Operations. “We could not think of a better way to recognize his commitment to the community than by supporting his newly launched foundation with a donation from every UD Night ticket.”

In his two decades with the Heat, UD won three NBA championships, and retired as the team's all-time leader in rebounds (5,791).

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