May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) is pressured by Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Chalmers Wants Big Pay Day

Mario Chalmers had solidified himself as the Miami Heat’s starting point guard, despite competition from on-and-off fan favorite Norris Cole. Unlike Cole, Chalmers is due for a new contract this summer.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami HeraldChalmers is looking for a raise.

The buzz around teammates is that Mario Chalmers will be coveting a big pay day this summer (with a raise from $4 million annually), and Game 2 can go on the resume: two clutch threes in the fourth, a game-best plus-17 plus/minus and stout defense on Deron Williams (first career scoreless playoff game and Nets outscored by 18 with him on the court).

Chalmers is making $4 million this season, a raise would conceivable by around the four-year, $25 million range (worth an average of $6.25 million per year) that the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Jarrett Jack to last offseason.

I’ve written before that the Heat should resign Chalmers, and that he has earned the raise. Cole isn’t ready to take over the gig full-time, and few realistic options are available (Kyle Lowry earned himself a nice payday that the Heat likely won’t be able to match). Besides, Rio has earned it.

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