The Miami Heat are focused on winning their third straight title in as many years but the inevitable fact of having to look ahead at what the makeup of the roster will be in 2014-15 is going to come around sooner than we all think and this roster could lose a few notable faces in free agency.
Everyone seems to get hot and bothered about the Heat’s Big 3 leaving but that’s just not going to happen this offseason regardless of the outcome of the NBA Finals. Mario Chalmers is a different story though, and he may end up chasing the money in the offseason to get paid the big deal Miami may not be able to give him.
Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders argues that Chalmers will be inclined to leave the Miami Heat and take the money offered to him elsewhere in the NBA.
“If Chalmers has an opportunity to go get paid this summer he has to go and get the money,” the former player told Basketball Insiders. “If he leaves the money on the table now, he also leaves his biggest opportunity to maximize his earnings on it as well. If he takes a multi-year short money deal now, he won’t get another chance at 31 or 32 [years old]. At that point he’ll be in one-year territory.”
This isn’t something that is all that hard to believe, as the money Chalmers would get from the Heat would likely be dwarfed by what he is likely to be offered in free agency from a team desperate to get a bit of the Heat dynasty shine on them. He could stay, but the smart thing to do would be to leave and take the money unless Chalmers is truly dedicated to what he has in Miami and is willing to give up millions for another title shot.