Updates from Monday, July 14
ESPN's Brian Windhorst breaks down the financial terms of Mario Chalmers deal with the Heat:
Official contract numbers for Heat's Mario Chalmers: 4.0M this season, 4.3M next season.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 15, 2014
Point guard Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat have agreed on a two-year contract that will take the six-year veteran off the free-agent market.
Marc Stein of ESPN first reported news of the agreement:
Mario Chalmers is returning to the Miami Heat on a two-year deal, sources tell ESPN— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
Chalmers also confirmed his return on his Twitter account:
Proud to say I'm back wit the heat. Heat nation we still here— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) July 13, 2014
Chalmers spent the first six years of his career with the Miami Heat. He was a second-round draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008, but was traded the same night to the Heat in a package for two future second-round picks.
After joining the Heat for the 2008-09 season, Chalmers started all 82 games as a rookie and averaged 10.0 points and 4.9 assists per contest in helping guide the team to a 28-win improvement from the previous season.
The former Kansas standout started 242 games for Miami during the franchise's current run of four straight Eastern Conference championships, though he pulled off a great disappearing act in this year's postseason, averaging career lows in points (6.4) and field-goal attempts (5.6).
Chalmers didn't have a double-digit scoring game after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Brooklyn, was held without a field goal in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against San Antonio and taken out of the starting lineup in the decisive Game 5.
Despite those struggles, Chalmers has proven himself to be a quality starting point guard in the NBA.
The two-time NBA champion has been tight-lipped about his free agency for the most part. Chalmers was asked about the role it was playing in his struggles during the postseason, via Sean Deveney of Sporting News, but didn't offer much insight.
"I am not even thinking about that," Chalmers told reporters. "Whatever happens this summer, happens."
Chalmers also never seemed to be in sync with Miami teammates, most notably LeBron James, over the last two years. The two had a heated argument during a December game against Indiana.
ESPN.com's Israel Gutierrez wrote about Chalmers' relationship with the Heat in June 2012, which included an enlightening quote from Shane Battier:
Usually in basketball, everyone has a big guy on their team that's tall and has some athleticism, and when they don't play with heart or passion, it's usually the big guy that gets dumped on. Here, it's Mario...
It does stem from love. We all know that when Mario plays well, and he's dialed in, we're a much better team.
Should Mario Chalmers be a starting PG in the NBA?
The bloom is off Chalmers' rose right now. He finished the 2013-14 season with a 14.06 Player Efficiency Rating, via ESPN.com, which was 38th among point guards behind Greivis Vasquez, Will Bynum and Jordan Farmar.
One area where Chalmers does add value is behind the three-point line. He's not a big-time shooter from beyond the arc, but has hit 37.3 percent of his shots from behind the stripe in his career. That's a trait he'll bring back to Miami.
Chalmers' most effective role for a team is as a part-time shooter who doesn't have to touch the ball every time down the floor. While it remains to be seen how exactly he'll be used moving forward, expect Chalmers to provide a boost on offense.
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