If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
February 12, 2016 | 11:01 pm EST Update
I asked Cousins on Friday how much say a star player should have in such decisions; it’s well documented that Cousins and Karl have clashed regularly and still haven’t gotten on the same page. Cousins blew off the question, but then said something telling about his predicament. “I prefer to be in a perfect situation,” DeMarcus Cousins said, “but that’ll never happen.” “What does a perfect situation look like to you?” I asked. “Everybody’s happy,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “But that’ll never happen.” “Why?” “There’s nothing in life that’s perfect,” DeMarcus Cousins said.
Cousins? Utterly dominant. Cousins’ team? Utterly dysfunctional. “Helping us stay grounded through, I guess you could say, the chaos,” Cousins said, when asked to describe his role in finding a way out. “But the biggest thing would be staying positive.”