South Florida’s favorite (?) little brother, Mario Chalmers, is returning to the Miami Heat, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Mario Chalmers is returning to the Miami Heat on a two-year deal, sources tell ESPN
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
Proud to say I’m back wit the heat. Heat nation we still here
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) July 13, 2014
After being benched in the final game of the season, Chalmers’ return was in doubt. He had a rocky post-season, which left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. However, Chalmers did average 9.8 points and 4.9 assists per game while shooting a team-high 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Miami, unsure of its cap holds without the Big Three under contract, wasn’t able to sign Kyle Lowry earlier in the offseason.
The Heat signed Josh McRoberts (four years, $23 million) and Danny Granger (two years, $4.2 million) to show LeBron James that they were making moves, but it wasn’t god enough. James left Miami’s aging roster, creating a void at small forward.
The Heat addressed the position by agreeing with Luol Deng on a two-year, $20 million deal.
That left Miami without a lot of cap space or options at point guard, making Chalmers the most practical option.
Chalmers joins Norris Cole and rookie Shabazz Napier at point guard.