Pat Riley Rumors
Welcome to Mario Chalmers’ offseason, where the discussion has been as much about trimming the Miami Heat’s luxury-tax bill with a trade as it has been about how the veteran guard might fit in with a roster that has undergone a dramatic upgrade over the past six months. “Just see what happens. I haven’t spoken to anybody. When I had my exit meeting with Pat [Riley], he said the only way he would trade me was if he had to,” Chalmers said matter-of-factly before making an appearance on behalf of the Warren Henry Auto Group at the All-Star Basketball Kids Camp.
Chalmers said he left Riley’s office aware of the potential tax implications during an offseason that has included massive raises for Wade and Dragic. But he also said it has been a mostly unspoken subtext. “He didn’t say anything about that,” Chalmers said of the tax. “So that was the end of the conversation. He said he would let me know. And then I’m still here to this day. So I’m not going to worry about it.”
Tim Reynolds: Pat Riley and Goran Dragic have collectively decided that he won’t be playing for Slovenia this summer. No surprise, but still newsworthy.
Jared Zwerling: Source: Amar’e Stoudemire is also strongly considering the Heat. Meeting with Pat Riley tomorrow. Heat has tax midlevel just FYI.