No big surprise here, but according to Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report, Miami Heat big man Udonis Haslem has opted out of his contract.

Haslem, however, is not necessarily opting out of his $4.6 million player option just to test the open market like teammate LeBron James. In fact, Skolnick says that Haslem opted out mainly to create more flexibility in order to benefit the H





Plus, there's one little detail that should help in ensuring Haslem is doing what he can in order to make sure Miami's retaining each member of the Big 3. 


Of course, there's that big wild card not mentioned in that representation group — James. With plenty of teams getting ready to court the services of the best player in the world, Pat Riley and the Heat will have to work fairly quickly in order to prove the organization will be able to properly re-tool to win a championship.

That apparently already started with trading for UConn point guard Shabazz Napier in Thursday's NBA Draft — James' favorite player in the draft. Expect the posturing to continue until James has found the next place to take his talents.