To say Mario Chalmers struggled against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals would be putting it lightly. The dude played so poorly that the Miami Heat benched him in Game 5.
He averaged just 4.4 points and 2 turnovers per game in the series while continuously blowing defensive assignments.
Chalmers was better than that for most of the season, averaging nearly 10 points and 5 assists per game while shooting 35 percent from three.
The 28-year-old point guard’s deal expires this offseason, and the Heat have to make a decision on whether or not to keep him. Chalmers made $4 million this season, and was reportedly seeking a raise after this season.
His playoffs performance has likely swept that possibility away, but Miami likely faces a cap crunch. With a shallow market for point guards, and signing one likely leading to market competition and a higher price, resigning Chalmers might be the Heat’s best option.
I say resign Rio to a 2-year, $10-12 million deal and let him and Norris Cole compete for the starting job.
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