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Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:17 pm
 
The Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to guard Mario Chalmers. Posted by Ben Golliver. mario-chalmers

In a procedural move, the Miami Heat announced on Wednesday that they have extended a qualifying offer to point guard Mario Chalmers. Doing so makes Chalmers a restricted free agent, allowing the Heat to match any offers made to Chalmers.
Chalmers, a 6’2”, 190-pound guard, has appeared in 225 regular season games (132 starts) averaging 7.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.45 steals and 26.7 minutes while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. Among Miami’s all-time leaders, he ranks eighth in steals (327), tied for ninth in three-point field goals made (272), 12th in assists (826), 19th in minutes (6,012), tied for 19th in games played (225) and 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (.350).

In 33 career postseason games (eight starts), he averaged 8.1 points, 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.52 steals and 26.4 minutes while shooting 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the foul line. During the 2011 NBA Finals, Chalmers increased his postseason averages in the six-game series against Dallas in points (11.8), assists (3.5), rebounds (2.7), minutes (29.0) and three-point field goal percentage (.400).
Extending a qualifying offer was a no-brainer, considering that the size of the offer is for just $1.1 million. Chalmers, 25, was used off the bench for much of the season but played starter-type minutes and fits pretty nicely alongside the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Without another point guard on the books for next year, one would assume that the Heat are very motivated to keep Chalmers. It's unclear what the market is for his services but given the lack of quality point guards on the market this summer and a weak draft crop, he should elicit some interest. It might be going too far to assume that his return to Miami next season is a foregone conclusion, but it's also difficult to imagine someone offering him so much money that Miami fails to retain him given their positional need and his solid fit.

If I'm Miami, I might explore the option of signing him to a multi-year extension. He's a known quantity, he can be used as a starter or off the bench and he held up fairly well under the spotlight. Surely South Beach -- and the opportunity to compete for multiple titles and revenge the 2011 NBA Finals loss -- would be his preference too. In a normal year, reaching an extension agreement makes all the sense in the world. Given the looming CBA issues, though, who knows.
Comments

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

I hope that he gets offered a ton of cash and the Heat cant keep him.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

He is a good backup point guard, but the Heat should consider other options if they're looking for a starting PG. They really need to focus on bringing in a real center or a very good point guard to bring the ball down the court. We don't need Chris Bosh to get far from what we saw in the season and first 3 rounds of the playoffs when he struggled to rebound, score, and play defense. They should look at Chris Paul or Dwight Howard for a real big 3.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

Miami is wise to do what it can to keep Chalmers. Let Bibby and the old over the hill crowd go but latch on to the young up and comers like Chalmers- he will only get better.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

Chalmers is a greatly improving player and i hope he stays with the Heat because the Heat will only be getting better next year. Nobody thought they would get passed the Celtics this year and they almost won the finals. Next year the king will get a ring.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

If I were Chalmers I would head to Chicago and get the hell away from the "cursed one". Jess Sayin'

He would only get about 10 minutes a game in Chicago.  Horrible fit. 



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

God, as much as everyone hates akron LeBroom.....It must be even worse to be in close quarters with this choking egomaniac. If I were Chalmers I would head to Chicago and get the hell away from the "cursed one". Jess Sayin'



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

Lol, perhaps. But then another super team could be formed to challenge them. Perhaps Dirk could team up with Kobe, Durant, and Rose.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

I'm waiting for the Heat to announce that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard has agreed to play for the Heat next season so that the Big 3+2 will win the NBA Championship for sure for the next 10 years. All 5 All Stars has agreed to take a pay cut so that all 5 can be on the Heat's team and all 5 are willing to contribute 25% of their earnings on merchandise like jerseys, sneekers, head bands and whatever else plus their commercials money to the organizations of their choice. With this move, LeBron, Bosh, CP3 and Superman will for sure have a ring, or rings. Oh ya, Charles Barkley decides to come out of retirement too and join the Heat, without pay, so that he too can win a ring. He wouldn't mind playing 30 seconds a game as long as he will for sure wins a ring too. 



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

I am sure other teams will have some interest. So I wonder what his market value is and what kind of money he will be making when Miami has to match an offer?


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