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Report: Mario Chalmers agrees to two-year deal to return to Heat

Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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The Heat lost the best player in the game when LeBron James chose to join the Cavaliers in free agency, but they’ve done a nice job of maintaining a solid overall roster that may still very well be able to contend for the Eastern Conference crown.

Chris Bosh returned on a max contract, Luol deng is a capable All-Star who will replace James in the starting lineup, and Dwyane Wade is expected to be back, once the exact dollar figure and years on his next deal have all been sorted out.

Miami was also able to get its point guard to commit to re-sign, further maintaining a decent level of continuity despite LeBron’s decision.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Mario Chalmers is returning to the Miami Heat on a two-year deal, sources tell ESPN

Chalmers has been the starting point guard for the Heat for the last three seasons, and while his averages of 9.8 points and 4.9 assists in 29.8 minutes per game last year are simply serviceable, there’s a comfort level there with Erik Spoelstra trusting him on the floor when the game matters most.

The short-term deals the Heat are constructing, like this one and the similar two-year deal for Deng, are being done to maintain maximum salary cap flexibility to continue to have the ability to add talent in the very near future. LeBron isn’t likely to return when he an technically become a free agent in two years himself, but Miami is going to keep its options open in case he — or other high-impact All-Stars — seek Miami as a destination when that time comes.

  1. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Throwing away money now man really com’on heat this guy had like 7 points per game his carer there are plenty good points guards in the free agency

    • heat256 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Well, it depends on the amount. I would be surprised if he got $4 mil a year like his last contract as he shot himself in the foot on that one. I also think there’s something to be said for familiarity. The Heat give him the best chance to get his game right and maybe earn himself something in 2 years should his play improve.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Hey, Mario Chalmers is a top 5 PG.

      • mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        I can hardly recall him having the ball in his hands in the finals. Some guy wearing #6 always had it, dribbling, dribbling, dribbling, then going one-on-five when there was five seconds on the shot clock.

        Point guard? More like “another guy on the floor.”

      • ranfan12 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        top 5 on the bottom stack lol

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Apparently people don’t remember Chalmers saying he “is in the front end of the top 10 PGs in the league.”

      • silverandblack22 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        He was kidding guys lol Chalmers did indeed declare himself to be a top 5 PG in this league. I think he meant to say BOTTOM 5 PG in this league. He was LeBron’s whipping boy. That’s all he’s good for. They still don’t have a legit PG, even with Napier.

  2. sebjay - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Rioscrub will return with a vengeance

  3. gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    OK, fine – but Cole is already under contract – what, if anything, does this portend for Napier?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Napier will be a Patty Mills. Chalmers, Cole and Napier do different things. Shabazz is an instant offense type of guy.

  4. heat256 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    The real question is: who is going to yell at him now?

    • ranfan12 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      deng

      • bigtganks - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        http://site.tvstoreonline.com/nap011newa.JPG

  5. montrealknowledge - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Chalmers should have left… Just because they didn’t need a PG with LBJ dominating the ball… Does not mean Chalmers can’t play. He was part of that Kansas championship team.. I think. Either way Chalmers is better than he has shown. Heat has some point guards now.. Trade Napier to Toronto!!

    • heat256 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      If any PG goes it’s going to be Cole. For who, I couldn’t even venture a guess.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Yep. If they trade anyone, I think Cole is odd man out, although I think they’ll keep him unless they get something good for him.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Hahahaha!!! Mario Chalmers, LOL!!!!!

  7. antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Awesome! I love it. Miami basically returns with the same team, but with a handful of solid additions. They can just pretend LBJ went down with an injury or something…

    Remember, the Heat weren’t bad even when LBJ and Wade missed games together. I recall Bosh and a bunch of bench players dominating the Spurs in San Antonio. Bosh always played well when he was the lone star.

    I’m excited for Miami this year. That is a very proud team. If you think they’re just going to roll over you’re nuts. They could be one of the better stories out of the East this year.

    • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Who will you root for when they face the Cavs in the playoffs?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        What kind of question is that?

        You know I’m a Team LeBron fan for life.

        Heat-Cavs ECF. Cavs in 6.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      They will be and are still my odds on favorite to go back to the Finals, barring major injuries because Cleveland has a very young team, Chicago still has one primary scorer who can get his own shot, ditto with Indiana, and the rest of the conference isn’t quite there yet. People discount how awkward of a fit James and Wade were together on the same team offensively. The Heat’s biggest problem I see will be the versatility defensively that LeBron brought to the table. They’ll make up the scoring with two guys who can still get their own shots and Deng being added who’s a decent role player who can score off of their action. How Bosch deals with the lead role in the playoffs will be the intriguing part to watch. Wade is still there to take the biggest shots, but he’s going to have to take some, too.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        James and Wade were only an awkward fit because Wade was reluctant to shoot threes. He can still develop a three… it’s never too late… but he better be in the gym right now getting up shots.

        The good thing now is that Wade can take over LeBron’s role as far as pa.ssing out of the paint to shooters and Wade won’t have to worry about pa.ssing to himself!

        I’ll wait until the dust settles a little bit more before talking too much about who my favorites are – but Miami is not going to have a bad team.

  8. greatmiamisportsmind - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Hopefully we see more Mario than Wario

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Now he won’t get all those wide open 3’s that accounted for 90% of his points while LeBron was there.

  10. stl333 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Who needs the king when you’ve got the prince?

  11. ripdipbob - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Unlike Cleveland, Miamk was good before LeBron and will continue to be good after LeBron. The trophi3s stay here!!!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      People forget that the Heat were a 47 win team with the 6th ranked defense before LeBron arrived. The Heat know how to run a basketball team.

      Winning a ring in Cleveland is going to be a monumental task for LeBron. But it’s worth the effort.

  12. 88heatnation - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Chemistry wise it make sense, but it’s imperative we upgrade at this position because Chalmers cannot run an offense. However, he can run out of bounds.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      I think that’s why they drafted Napier. Chaumers is the type of guard, long and athletic, that they need for their system though. The other guys they entertained were to appease James; however, for what they have with him gone, this was the best move to make. He’s not afraid to take a big shot and he plays well within their defensive system. Napier will be groomed to be the playmaker with the ball in his hands, essentially being Cole’s replacement as he’s not that great at setting other guys up and doesn’t fit defensively as well as Chaumers.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      Where does all this Chalmers hate come from? I’m surprised. To a man, every Heat fan here seems to be more anti-Rio than Chicago was for the olympics.

      • 88heatnation - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        The hate come’s from watching games over and over throughout the season and see the constant errors he makes on the court, enough is enough you’re a professional.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I guess I focus on the positives. Chalmers is a cat that can make 10 threes in one game. I appreciate that. Nobody plays perfectly every single game, but the dude was the starting PG on three championship teams.

  13. jimmy53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    As a Heat fan, there is nothing about this that excites me. When “continuity” is all you have to hang your hat on with a player–you’ve already lost.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Rio has had some great games at critical times. If the price wasn’t too high, gambling that he might have a couple more wouldn’t be unreasonable.

  14. blueballzny - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    This only makes the Heat worse in my opinion.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      What guards that fit defensively better are out there? Stephenson? And he’s not going to cost what Chaumers cost. So other than him, who?

  15. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Poor Shabazz Napier if anyone should be ticked off at Lebron its him. Heat players may privately look down upon him because they see him as extension of Lebron’s power and ultimate destruction of the team.

  16. realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    He had a horrible Finals like the rest of the team, but this is a good signing for what the Heat do defensively. Cole doesn’t bring that to the table with most opponents they play, and the Spurs were the matchup nightmare for them that Popovich exploited more this year than last. Last year, both were invisible in the Finals as well, but the Heat overcame it. Riley only needs to find some more bangers to go with Anderson, and if he wants to come back, he can bring Ray Allen back as the hired gun sharp shooter. However, Allen seems inclined to either join LeBron in Cleveland or go to another contender (maybe the Clippers or OKC can swing it). They’ve recovered nicely so far and should still win the Southwest division next year, being in the mix for the Finals again.

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