Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) reacts on the floor during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Rumors: Will Shabazz Napier Replace Mario Chalmers?


The Miami Heat were targeting Shabazz Napier in the draft this year and while they were unable to pull the trigger on a trade before the draft that landed them a higher pick, they simply waited until he was picked to trade with the team who selected him.

That team ended up being the newly re-minted Charlotte Hornets and as a result of the trade, there could be a few major things that happen with the Heat roster in 2014-15. For starters, he’s the guy LeBron James wanted, so that right there makes him instantly worth the trade but he serves a greater purpose than that.

With his contract expiring and the sour taste of his pitiful NBA Finals performance still stinging the tongues of Heat fans, Mario Chalmers appears to be done in Miami. He was never really going to get that great of an offer from Pat Riley — assuming he was going to be getting one at all — and with Napier coming to town to be paired with Norris Cole, the Heat have zero purpose for Chalmers anymore.

You have to feel a little bad for him, as he entered the NBA Finals thinking he was in line for a massive payday in the summer and is now unwanted and unloved by everyone including the Heat who just replaced him with a star prospect. Chalmers may still return, but he’ll have to take an embarrassingly low salary to do so and that’s assuming the Heat even give him the time of day to offer him a deal.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    do pigs make bacon, is water wet and does bleep stink, well that should answer your question… Although chalmers is worthless as a starter, he could be effective in short stints… i would rather have Chalmers backing up Shabazz than Coles ….. Riley needs to move Coles with possible picks for some front court, inside help !

    then Riley needs to address a swingman to replace Wade in the starting lineup !

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Miami is pretty well tapped out on picks.

  • Mike

    I can’t stand Chalmers, but to think he could be replaced by a rookie who got hot for a month is ridiculous! This still does not address the fact that they will way overpay Wade who has seen his skills greatly diminish over the last two years. Still no center.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Depends on what Chalmers was going to make. Obviously Napier is a downgrade for at least the majority of his rookie season (absolute best case scenario), but if he is making three or four million less than what Chalmers would have….

      Sometimes the price tag is more important than the player. You could pretty easily argue that Kawhi Leonard at $2 million per year is a better asset than LeBron at $20 million.

      • I <3 You

        Nobody will argue that, Dirk just said what everybody already knows, LeBton is the Best Player in the NBA Today, his value and playmaking is unmatched… As Durant have said Kawhi Leonard is just a product player in the Spurs system.

    • Maria Mcrae

      The Goal right now, is to get Kyle Lowry that is if Bosh and Wade opt out and stop being Selfish bastards. After this finals loss it was clear the Heat need to upgrade their PG’s and Chalmers is heading out the door. We don’t want him he’s freaking horrible.

    • http://instagram.com/joshmattey Josh Mattey

      Napeir is not a rookie who got hot for a month…. he won 2 championships with UConn and has had an incredible college career. I am sad to see Rio go, but I was even sadder to lose to the Spurs the way we did.

      • Demarkus Tramail Swan

        Thank u Josh for setting that igmo straight. Sad to see guys come on here & don’t know WTF they r talking about…

        • Mike

          Where was chalmers drafted and what did he do in college?

          • Tanner

            Chalmers won a national championship in college ROCK CHALK!

          • Mike

            Thank you, exactly my point!

          • http://instagram.com/joshmattey Josh Mattey

            chalmers has an ego and a bad attitude and rubs a lot of people the wrong way… especially LeBron….

        • Mike

          Don’t know what I’m talking about? I think you’re looking at the small picture. The heat are not going win because they brought in a rookie point guard! They will still overpay for wade to miss 30 games maybe even more this year. Also, there were at least two point guards that were much better than the napier in this years draft. People don’t win the chip with star point guards anyway. See Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving.

    • kg

      Lol… see michael jordan, tony parker… smh… you are just talking to talk I suppose .

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    adios Mario…