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Monday, July 12, 2010
Report: Haslem opts to stay with Heat

By Tim MacMahon

Udonis Haslem opted to stay in Miami to chase a championship instead of making more money in Dallas or Denver.

Haslem informed the South Florida Sun-Sentinel via e-mail that he had turned down offers from the Mavs and Nuggets for the full mid-level to re-sign with the Heat.

He's the second Mavs midlevel target that opted to sign with an Eastern Conference contender. Jermaine O'Neal turned down the Mavs to go to Boston, where he's more likely to start.

Dallas is determined to improve its frontcourt depth. That might happen via trade for Al Jefferson.

The free-agent market for power forward/centers is thinning out. Brad Miller and Louis Amundson are among the best bigs left on the open market.