Chalmers is finalizing a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Chalmers was out of the NBA last season recovering from a torn Achilles, but is clearly back to full strength considering the Grizzlies are finalizing a deal with him. The fact that it's only partially guaranteed makes it essentially a training camp offer, so Chalmers will likely need to perform well during camp in order to make the team's final roster. If that does happen, Chalmers would likely have to battle with the likes of Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin for backup minutes behind Mike Conley at point guard.
Chalmers (Achilles) is still "not physically ready" to be cleared for a return to action, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Chalmers' name was brought up regarding rumors surrounding the Grizzlies, a team he's had a previous relationship with and is currently in the market for a guard after Mike Conley went down for an extended absence with a back injury. However, according to MacMahon, Chalmers was excluded from that conversation due to needing more time in the recovery process, so it appears he's not a full-go quite yet. Chalmers was hoping to be cleared for full activity mid-November, but it looks as if that timeline could extend well into December. He'll look to latch on with a contender once back to 100 percent.
Chalmers (Achilles) expects to be cleared for full basketball activity later this week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports. "Right now, I can pretty much do everything," Chalmers said. "I've been on the court the last two, three months just working on getting back. I'm back to sprinting, running and jumping."
While playing with the Grizzlies last March, Chalmers suffered a ruptured right Achilles, a devastating injury that came at an unfortunate time with the point guard set to become a free agent this past summer. Though teams have expressed interest in bringing Chalmers aboard as veteran depth, the 30-year-old seems content to wait until he's fully healthy before potentially joining a playoff-contending team. Chalmers believes he'll be ready to play in NBA games by early December.
Chalmers received clearance to participate in on-court workouts back in August, but he's still working to regain his conditioning and explosiveness and won't be ready to go for the start of the regular season. That's not a surprising development given the severity of his injury, but once Chalmers feels fully comfortable, it may not take him long to land a contract with a team. The 30-year-old has been a dependable backup and fill-in starter throughout his career and would represent a quality depth option for a point guard-needy team.
Chalmers is cleared to return to the court, according to his personal Twitter account.
After Chalmers ruptured his right achilles tendon on March 9 and underwent season-ending surgery, he has been cleared to play. Chalmers was immediately released from the Grizzlies when he was diagnosed with his injury, so he is still currently a free agent. Although just being cleared to play after surgery, it shouldn't prove to be too difficult for Chalmers to land a role as a backup point guard for a team considering he played well for the Grizzlies in 2015-16. The 30-year-old averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 55 games.
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