May 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) pushes the ball inside the key against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mario Chalmers Probably Gone

Miami Heat beat reporter Ethan Skolnick said in a Bleacher Report video interview that he does not expect the Miami Heat to re-sign Mario Chalmers.

“Mario Chalmers, to me, is probably gone,” Skolnick said. “Mario was a guy that started for most of his six seasons but, again, they had to bench him in the last game of the year. I think that it’s most likely that he’ll be in a situation where even if he doesn’t get a big offer from somewhere else, Miami may decide to go in another direction.”

Chalmers was benched by the Miami Heat in the final game of the NBA Finals and has become the brat of Heat Nation in these past playoffs. You all voted in favor of letting him go.

Chalmers averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 assists during the regular season, but his performance took a dive in the playoffs when he averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 assists per game while continually being victimized on defense. His three-point shooting dropped from 38.5 percent to 34.9 percent.

Reports surfaced that the Heat and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry having some mutual interest. That would be a major upgrade from Chalmers. If that does not happen, though, Miami’s best option might be to start Norris Cole and sign depth from a group of unrestricted free agents that includes Kirk Hinrich, Ramon Sessions and Shaun Livingston. If the Heat can’t get a favorable deal (something like $8-10 million over two years) then letting Rio go might be the best option.


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