Mario Chalmers has clearly been the best point guard for the Miami Heat this season, but with an expiring contract, it isn’t a guarantee that he will be back next season.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel hinted that the Heat could shake things up this summer.
“It is very possible you will see a dramatically different alignment at point guard next season, with Chalmers to hit free agency this summer.”
Winderman continues on about Norris Cole’s struggling play and Toney Douglas.
“… there still might be time to build some front-office confidence. And it’s not as if Douglas is any sort of long-term answer.”
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been a major proponent of Chalmers this season. He’s the fourth-most important player on the Heat. He’s the best on the team at finishing over bigger guys and his handle of the offense and chemistry with the Big 3 is far superior that that of Cole or Douglas.
If Miami loses him to free agency, they would need to get a more talented player to fill the spot. A more talented player wouldn’t be able to duplicate the chemistry right away, but could theoretically be better for a Heat team that faces the continued decline of Dwyane Wade.
Some available point guards this season include Shaun Livingston, Kirk Hinrich, Devin Harris, Steve Blake, Darren Collison (player option), Ramon Sessions and Kyle Lowry.
Of all those players, the only clear-cut upgrade would be Lowry, with Collison and Harris being other interesting options.