HoopsHype Mario Chalmers rumors

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Andersen, meanwhile, becomes a free agent July 1. And the Heat has a Sunday deadline for its option on the $4 million due to point guard Mario Chalmers for the final year of his contract. "I know we have a few guys that have player options, team options, unrestricted free agents," said James, the Finals MVP. "We have a great team. We have a great nucleus, even with some of the guys that didn't play, just the camaraderie that they bring to our locker room. So we'll see. I think [Heat president] Pat [Riley] and those guys will definitely handle that first, but I would love to have all the guys back, and a couple for sure with Rio and Ray and Bird. They're a huge part of our team success. We'll see what happens." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Added Chalmers, "I kind of want the whole team to be back. We developed such a bond with this team, that you'd hate to see somebody go. But people have to do what's best for their families. Coach Riley and coach [Erik] Spoelstra have to do what's best for the team." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Monday, he received a vote of confidence from Spoelstra, and Tuesday, the point guard said that while he hasn't yet spoken to Riley or his coach about his future, he's going into the off season hoping to play an even bigger role for the Heat next season. "I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm sure I'll hear something in the next couple of days," said Chalmers, who improved as the postseason went on, averaging 11.3 points in the Eastern Conference finals and 10.6 points in the NBA Finals. "Right now, I'm enjoying this back-to-back championship we got. But off the top of my head, I want to keep getting better with my decision making. You always work on your shooting and ball-handling, but just being more trustworthy in the offense. That's my main thing. I want Spo to be able to decide to put the offense in my hands." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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But in seven of his 13 Finals games, he's scored at least 12 points. After Oklahoma City won the opener against the Heat in 2012, Chalmers scored 25 points in Game 2, and Miami didn't lose again in the series. Sunday, with the Heat again down 1-0 in the series and trailing 62-61 in Game 2, Chalmers drove for a layup and completed a three-point play with 3:11 left in the third quarter. Then he turned to his teammates, including LeBron James, and announced that the Spurs were about to be finished. “I felt like we had them on the ropes,” Chalmers said. “I told them, 'Let's go for the kill.'” San Antonio Express-News

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As with the moments with James and Wade that have become less frequent, Chalmers said he did not take umbrage. "That was a conversation Chris and I were having and we were trying to figure out something," he said. "I wasn't worried about what Joakim was doing." Of Noah's clapping, Bosh said, "Of course I was aware of it, but that just goes in there with all the other distractions that I don't pay attention to. At that time, me and 'Rio were working things out. "Playoffs bring out the monster in you sometimes." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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“They miss D-Rose in a lot of ways, but mostly at the offensive end,” Heat backcourt mate Mario Chalmers told me. “Not only is he another option, but he’s their main option. You have to respect his ability to drive to the basket. Because they don’t have anyone with his kind of talent, our defense has one less thing to worry about now.” SheridanHoops

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