Mario Chalmers Injury: Updates on Grizzlies G's Achilles and Recovery

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

Dec 26, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (6) stands on the court during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Memphis Grizzlies announced they waived point guard Mario Chalmers on Thursday after he suffered a season-ending Achilles rupture on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics

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Grizzlies GM Comments on Chalmers Release

Thursday, March 10

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace explained, per, why the team waived Chalmers after his right Achilles tear diagnosis.

"He has been an important part of our success this season, both coming off the bench and when called upon as a starter," Wallace said. "But with Mario’s season-ending injury and our already depleted roster, it became necessary to free up a roster spot." 

Injury-Plagued Chalmers Had Been Crucial to Banged-Up Grizzlies 

The Miami Heat traded Chalmers to Memphis after he had taken on a smaller role for the team this season. With the Heat bringing back Goran Dragic as the starting point guard and adding some other depth players, there weren't many minutes available for the Kansas product. 

Injuries played a role in his lack of playing time, too. While the 29-year-old guard has battled various ailments in recent years, the most notable caused him to need knee surgery during the offseason. Some soreness in the knee sidelined him earlier in the campaign.

With Mike Conley already nursing a sore left foot, the Grizzlies will need to lean on the platoon of Lance Stephenson, P.J. Hairston, Tony Allen and Vince Carter to assume primary ball-handling duties with Chalmers out of the picture.