Former Miami Heat champion ready to contribute to a needy team

Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat drives during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat drives during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

With Miami Heat & NBA basketball gearing up for a restart, all things are being discussed. One former Miami Heat champ is listening to “replacement player” talk.

Things are looking up for Miami Heat and NBA basketball fans. With the details of the potential NBA restart being hammered out and finalized, things finally seem as though they may really pick back up.

With this finalization of the rules, practices, and theories of how things could go inside of the NBA’s bubble city of Orlando, discussing everything from player movement and mobility to who if anybody else can be there besides players, there has been one discussion at the forefront of them all.

If a player doesn’t feel he wants to put himself at any potential risk, if a player gets injured, or if a player contracts coronavirus, what would they do about replacement players for those teams impacted? Well, it was discussed and sorted out, of course with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski having the scoop on it all.

While that was definitely news to the fans and those of us who cover the league on a day to day basis, we weren’t the only ones interested in those pieces of information. Here was one former Miami Heat champion’s reaction to hearing of the possibility for replacement players.

Former Miami Heat champion, Mario Chalmers, indicates that he is ready to play NBA basketball. He just let the league know that he was “ready and waiting”.

Rio posts like he’s ready to go. Just give him the call.

Mario Chalmers, a two-time NBA champion with the Big 3 era Miami Heat, last played in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season. Suiting up in 66 games and across 21.5 minutes per contest, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 steals on just 27.7 percent shooting from three.

His three-point percentage was way down from his career average of 35.1 percent and his career-high 40.9 percent during the 2012-13 season, on nearly four attempts per game for the Miami Heat.

Look, if the Heat go down a body, or simply never return a body that they thought they would return, I would be totally for giving Rio a look to see where he is. That doesn’t mean that they have to sign him or that he has to play a ton if they were to bring him on.

He is a veteran, with playoff experience, that knows the Miami Heat coaching staff, system, and culture. He can fill in as a lead guard, something the Miami Heat don’t have, while also being capable of spotting up for open threes as an off guard.

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If he is in shape, there may be a role where he can be of use. If the time comes where they must pick someone up, why not give him a look? He’s been there before, in Miami and in the biggest of championship moments.