Apr 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) dribbles the ball past Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) in the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 96-77. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Chalmers to Re-Sign with Miami Heat for Two More Years


South Florida’s favorite (?) little brother, Mario Chalmers, is returning to the Miami Heat, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

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.

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  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    Better than Cole and rookie Napier. Trade deadline move?

    • Wes Goldberg

      Cole is more likely to be traded now, since he is a more valuable asset. Could bolster depth at another position.

      • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

        Yeah. If you can move Cole to get a 7-footer with a pulse and two knees, you do it.

  • fidel305

    meh. a place holder.
    james screwed us in competing for lowry etc with his max contract demand and lying to riles and wade that he was “undecided’
    but we’re set up nicely to beat james next year like the rented mule he is and then move on KD when these 2 year contracts expire

    • Josh Melton

      Show some respect towards LeBron, Four Finals appearances, two rings I’m thrilled and very grateful. I truly appreciate what he has done for the Heat franchise. He plays his heart out and almost always delivers, intelligent Heat fans know this. I wish him the best in Cleveland and that he finds peace at home”…

      . I wish you the best in Cleveland and that you find peace at “home”

      • fidel305

        james wouldn’t have those rings without the heat. they covered for him coming up short when it counts.
        put MJ or Kobe on those heat teams and it’s four straight titles with no real competition

        • Josh Melton

          So Silly, when the Lakers won their titles did Kobe lead them in scoring,rebounding,assists, steals, and was their defensive stopper? that is the load LeBron had to carry the past few years, very few peoples have done,that . Jordan was the best individual defensive player in the world.for a few years, yet the Bulls gave that role to Pippen, so that Jordan could close out games.. Jordan was an incredible passer, yet the Bulls put him in a system offense so that he didn’t have to make plays for everybody.

          Do you even know what your talking about?

        • Josh Melton

          Please research before you speak about LeBron…

  • arturo brown

    Wow I would have gone with Eric Bledsoe instead of chalmers what a waste and lebron did not leave the heat he did his time here 2 championships and 4 final appearances , he doesn’t owe miami anything he came here t o win not to retire in Miami

    • Wes Goldberg

      It wasn’t as simple as “Bledsoe or Chalmers.” Bledsoe is a RFA and would have come at a much bigger price (if Phoenix didn’t match and retain him). Really, the decision was between Luol Deng or making a run at Bledsoe.

      • arturo brown

        Well true indeed but but I would have done it a little differently the market had many good point guards to choose from but even then Cole can be traded which is an option ?

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Many good point guards? I’m curious to hear your names after accepting that Bledsoe and Lowry were off the board.

          Isaiah Thomas at close to Deng’s price point?

          • arturo brown

            Well in the beginning of free agency I was referring too but then again they were waiting for lebron’s decision by then it was too late but their are still pg’s available such as rondo ?

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            How would they go about getting Rondo? Bosh is the only piece they have to offer up in a trade that would A) match salary and B) be an appealing asset for Boston.

            I think Thomas was the best attainable option, and I am happy with them going after Deng instead.

          • Wes Goldberg

            Ultimately, if Napier pans out the Heat will be getting a good point guard on a rookie scale contract. That would end up being a better move than signing Thomas/Bledsoe in the future.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Well, I can’t argue with the need to develop solid rotation players on rookie scale deals. That being said, I am skeptical that Napier can be anything more valuable than Chalmers if he were consistent.

          • Josh Melton

            Rondo won’t be available until 2015, but we could’ve had Stuckey. He’s looking for a new situation after a disappointing season. it’s sad nobody has signed him more importantly if Riley wasn’t cheap

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Miami is going to be over the salary cap and plan to use the only exception they have available. That isn’t being cheap.

          • Josh Melton

            Bayless, Rodney Stuckey, R.Sessions, are still available could’ve had Hinrick but he resigned with the Bulls today.Each one of them are improvement over Mario Chalmers. Really wish Wade would take a paycut, than the Heat could afford Stuckey or Turner.

            Not sure why the Heat haven’t look at Turner ):

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            As in… Evan Turner? Gods no!

          • Josh Melton

            Lol,. he could be a good fit as a 2nd unit scorer to give Wade some rest..

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Indiana thought the same thing.

          • Josh Melton

            He’s improvement over Beasley, if that’s who Riley intends to bring back to fill the roster, Stephenson and Xavier Henry prices are out of our league etc. besides the Pacers put too much pressure on him to beat the Heat…

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I would rather have an aging veteran who doesn’t quite have it anymore but still plays smart. Derrick Fisher type (I know he’s coaching now).

            Just my take. Turner, like Beasley, has all the talent in the world.

          • Josh Melton

            Still think, the biggest priority should be to find another shooting guard”(Jordan Crawford) to come off the bench and help out for Wade, just to give his knees some rest in a long 82 game season. we want him healthy for the playoffs, Bosh alone can not carry the Heat…

          • Josh Melton

            Should also say, even Jameer would have been a better option than Chalmers, at least he can run a team and is a better scorer. Peoples are all sick and tired of seeing bone-head Chalmers ruin plays over and over again. This dude is just has a really low b-ball IQ. This has solidified this season as one with,numerous headache moments..

            http://www.quickmeme.com/img/39/39901d0fdbc152d8543969a28ffea85039f0eacd88e2770c57be1e5aba9e3eb9.jpg

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Agreed that Nelson would have been a good option. That being said, they may still be aiming for Nelson if their goal is to trade Cole for an asset.

          • Josh Melton

            Would make sense, after-all Riley still isn’t happy about passing up on him in the draft years ago- if the guy can contribute for the right price, he will be on the Heat, but I think he’d fit in better with a championship caliber team, like the Spurs or OKC to make up for his decline..

  • HeatNational

    Everybody wants to blame Chalmers for losing this year, but that’s crap. Yeah, he didn’t show up in the playoffs, but we lost because we didn’t address the issues we had last year and the year before that. We were old and we were the worst team in rebounding. We didn’t fix our weaknesses and the Spurs capitalized on them. Simple as that.