Zo Sticks It Out for 15th Season

Miami agrees on $2.75M for 37-year-old's final round
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:48 AM CDT
Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning (33) glares at an official after the official's call in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, April 10, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alonzo Mourning will play his 15h and last NBA season next year, he announced after a charity game yesterday. The 37-year-old will make $2.75 million for his outro with the Heat, a team he thinks will make a strong bid for a 2008 championship. Mourning put up 8.6 PPG last year, with 4.5 boards and 2.31 blocks.

Zo says he's confident head coach Pat Riley will return as well, despite rumors he's mulling retirement. Meanwhile, prospect Mo Williams' decision not to sign with the Heat leaves the squad scrambling for an effective point guard. Speculation hangs that Miami is looking to sign free agent Steve Francis, following his buyout in Portland.