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Grizzlies GM Comments on Chalmers Release
Thursday, March 10
"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.