Mar 26, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) reacts during the fourth quarter of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 84-83. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Is Mario Chalmers' Return to the Miami Heat in Question?

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.

What should the Miami Heat do with Mario Chalmers after the season?

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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.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    “Mario Chalmers has clearly been the best point guard for the Miami Heat this season” …Wes Goldberg either you don’t watch any basketball, or if you do it not Heat Basketball or if it is, you shouldn’t watch it with a crack pipe in your hand… if you think Mario “i only bring the ball across the half-court line and then pass it” Chalmers is the best of anything for the Heat… Mario is one of the main reason why the heat title is in doubt this year… in the four years James has been on the team he had to take over the point guard duties because mario and norris together are worth a bag of rusty nails… if those guys have 2 good games in a row its a mircle.. then they disappears for another weak… the next time i have to watch Mario dribble ythe ball out of bounds on the baseline, or miss a wide open cutting player to the basket i am going punch a whole through my TV set… Mario sucks pain and simple and for you to make it seems others shows how mucch you know… the heat need a point guard, a low post player and a swingman next year…