The Miami Heat announced the re-signing of Mario Chalmers Monday, who reportedly agreed to a two-year, $8.3 million deal over the weekend.
Official contract numbers for Heat's Mario Chalmers: 4.0M this season, 4.3M next season.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 15, 2014
“It’s great to have Mario back,” said Heat President Pat Riley in a statement. “We’re happy that he wants to continue his career in Miami, he’s one of our core players, and I believe he will have a great season.”
Chalmers has spent all six years of his career in Miami. Last season, he averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 29.8 minutes while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and a team-high 38.5 percent from three-point range.
Rio struggled in the playoffs, though, and was eventually benched in the final game of the season. His return was questionable after that but Riley quickly re-signed Chalmers after LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When Chalmers plays well, the rest of the Heat usually does to. He can often be an X-factor in this way, but his inconsistency inspires many fans to yell at their televisions just like the players on the court yell at Rio.
Given his struggles last season, and Miami trading for rookie point guard Shabazz Napier in the draft, Chalmers will compete with Napier and Norris Cole for the starting point guard job.