Mario Chalmers was looking at a fat contract in the offseason following the Miami Heat winning their third straight title in as many years. It was all set and there were talks about how the Heat could ask for a discount, but now it looks like Chalmers is the one who will be doing the begging.
The Heat didn’t win their third title, Chalmers is shouldering a lot of the blame and as a result he just played his way out of a contract.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Chalmers still wants to remain with the Heat.
Even if James, Wade and Bosh return, the Heat’s supporting cast will be different.
Guard Ray Allen said he still loves playing, but is considering retirement after 18 seasons. Forward Shane Battier is retiring after 13 seasons. Free-agent point guard Mario Chalmers told Yahoo Sports he would like to re-sign with the Heat, but he struggled in the postseason and lost his starting job in Game 5. Forward-center Chris Andersen will opt-out of his contract to become a free agent, a source said. Longtime Heat forward Udonis Haslem has a contract option for next season. Sharp-shooting forward Rashard Lewis is a free agent also, and the Heat will have competition for his services, a source said.
“I hope we stay together,” Chalmers said. “I think we have a good thing going.”
Of course he wants to come back to the Heat, as it just went from being a situation that was going to make Chalmers a rich man to one where he’s going to take a discount to come back but not willingly.