NBA Rumor: Mario Chalmers Free Agency

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You’ve played nine seasons in the NBA, most recently suiting up with the Grizzlies in 2017-18. Do you still hope to sign with an NBA team in the future? Mario Chalmers: I definitely do. I definitely think I can still help a team, especially with my resume. I have a lot of knowledge since I’ve been to four NBA Finals and won two NBA championships and a college national championship. I just feel like I can provide a lot of knowledge to a young point guard and be a mentor. That’s the role that I’d come back to the NBA and be, so I’m open to it if it happens.

Recently, Raymond Felton and I talked about how most NBA teams are pursuing younger players that become available and not going after veteran players as much these days. Have you experienced that as well? And, if so, how frustrating is that? Mario Chalmers: I’ve definitely experienced that. And, yeah, it is frustrating – just because there’s the saying, “A team always wants a winner.” I just feel like with my resume, I’m a proven winner. I’m not a bad guy in the locker room; I’m not a jerk. So, I just feel like for me to not even get a chance and not even get a workout or nothing like that, it’s a little disheartening. But that’s the way the business goes… I’m definitely surprised how they’ve shifted away from . Those guys are very important. For me, some of my vets were Dwyane Wade, Bron, Jermaine O’Neal, Jamaal Magloire and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, so I’ve had vets that have actually been All-Stars and they’ve taught me about basketball, about family, about a lot of different things.

Mario Chalmers: I just feel like if I was an NBA GM or somebody that’s running an NBA team, I would want a couple of vets on my team, just to make sure my young guys are following suit and not doing too much off the court. You want to make sure they’re still focused on basketball and that they understand the business aspect of everything. And once you get to the NBA, you have a lot of freedom. And if you don’t use that freedom wisely, it could be a lot of trouble for you. So, I just feel like vets are good with that stuff. I had a lot of vets who helped me out and I feel like vets are always needed; somebody who’s been there before is always needed to help teach the new school.

Recently, Raymond Felton and I talked about how most NBA teams are pursuing younger players that become available and not going after veteran players as much these days. Have you experienced that as well? And, if so, how frustrating is that? Mario Chalmers: I’ve definitely experienced that. And, yeah, it is frustrating – just because there’s the saying, “A team always wants a winner.” I just feel like with my resume, I’m a proven winner. I’m not a bad guy in the locker room; I’m not a jerk. So, I just feel like for me to not even get a chance and not even get a workout or nothing like that, it’s a little disheartening. But that’s the way the business goes… I’m definitely surprised how they’ve shifted away from [veterans]. Those guys are very important. For me, some of my vets were Dwyane Wade, Bron, Jermaine O’Neal, Jamaal Magloire and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, so I’ve had vets that have actually been All-Stars and they’ve taught me about basketball, about family, about a lot of different things. I just feel like if I was an NBA GM or somebody that’s running an NBA team, I would want a couple of vets on my team, just to make sure my young guys are following suit and not doing too much off the court.

AEK is negotiating with Mario Chalmers and Yannick Moreira. A guard is expected to be released by the current roster, and Chalmers will replace him. The 33 years old Chalmers won the Basketball Champions League last year, as a member of Virtus Bologna, having Moreira as a teammate. Chalmers has won two NBA championship titles in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat, and he was also an NCAA champion with Kentucky in 2008.

But the 33-year-old Chalmers is still hopeful he’ll play in the NBA again, even after not finding an NBA home last season. His last NBA game came with the Grizzlies on April 11, 2018. “I’m happy just to be playing basketball. But I do want to get back in the NBA,” Chalmers said. “As a kid, you always dream about being in this league. I always said to myself, I at least want 10-plus years in the league. I’m at nine right now. So I definitely want to get back in the league for at least two, three more years if I can. At least one, if anything.”

Since the end of that 2017-18 campaign, one in which he averaged 21.5 minutes per game, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Chalmers has been competing in pro-am leagues in both Miami and Houston. The Grizzlies recently renounced his rights, meaning he is a free agent. “I’m very proud. A lot of people don’t really come back from that injury,” Chalmers said Friday at Lawrence’s Schwegler Elementary School where his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation sponsored a “field day” for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the team signed guard Mario Chalmers. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Chalmers (6-2, 190) has appeared in 580 games (390 starts) and averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.50 steals in 27.3 minutes over his eight-year NBA career with the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies. The 31-year-old was the starting point guard for back-to-back NBA Championship teams in Miami, where he played for current Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale who was then an assistant coach for the Heat.

It could have been former Heat teammate Mario Chalmers instead of a struggling Deron Williams alongside LeBron James with the Cavaliers during the NBA Finals. Instead, Chalmers who sat out the entire 2016-17 season recovering from a torn Achilles said it worked out for the best being bypassed following his February workout in Cleveland. “During that workout, I felt like within myself I wasn’t really able to contribute like I wanted to,” Chalmers told KUSports.com. “I wasn’t going to be same person that they expected me to be. I just decided to take the whole year off.”

Mario Chalmers completed a workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers — who trail 3-1 in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors — in February. The Cavs eventually signed guard Deron Williams on Feb. 27 after LeBron James asked the front office to add a veteran playmaker. “During that workout, I felt like within myself I wasn’t really able to contribute like I wanted to,” said Chalmers, a two-time champion with the Miami Heat. “I wasn’t going to be same person that they expected me to be. I just decided to take the whole year off.”

Finally healthy, Chalmers said he will begin working out with teams following the NBA Draft on June 22, searching for the “right fit.” Prior to his injury, he averaged 10.8 points and 3.8 assists in 55 games with the Memphis Grizzlies. “I’ve got kind of a name in the league, some credentials, so I’m just looking for right situation to be ready for me,” said Chalmers, who has played eight seasons in the NBA after winning a national title at KU in 2008.

Jordan Farmar on Cavs' radar after workout

Jordan Farmar impressed the Cavs during their free-agent tryout for point guards Wednesday, a source said, and the 30-year-old former Laker may be under consideration for a contract. The Cavs brought in Farmar, Mario Chalmers, and Kirk Hinrich for a workout, with the idea of potentially signing one as the veteran backup to Kyrie Irving the franchise has looked for all season. Also attending was Lance Stephenson, a wing player.

Cavs eyeing Rondo situation?

Seated on the Bulls’ bench for the third consecutive game was Rajon Rondo, a former All-Star who signed a two-year, $27 million deal in the offseason to come to Chicago. If the Bulls aren’t going to play him, he’d like to be traded or bought out of his contract so he can choose his next team. The Cavs are watching this development. Mario Chalmers is a free agent now. He’s recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last season. He hasn’t worked out for any teams, but he remains on Cleveland’s radar.
5 years ago via ESPN

Veteran guards Jarrett Jack and Mario Chalmers and seasoned forward Carl Landry are among the NBA free agents who will be looking to make a comeback to the league early in 2017, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Jack, who has been out for the past year due to torn ligaments in his right knee suffered early in January 2016 while playing for the Brooklyn Nets, is nearing a return to full strength and will soon hold an open workout for interested teams.

While Griffin said he felt “comfortable” with the Cavs’ current point guard situation — behind Kyrie Irving now is only rookie Kay Felder — the team has on its radar free agents Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, and Kirk Hinrich. The Cavs have been in contact with all three players this summer, a source said, in anticipation of Williams’ move. But the team, at least at this point, is in no rush to sign one of them, preferring to let the 5-9, 21-year-old Felder get his feet wet in camp and see if Lue can work his rotation properly without them.

Mario Chalmers said he wasn’t sending any signals when he posted a workout photo on Instagram, that he just happened to be wearing Heat shorts while working back from last season’s Achilles injury that has him lingering on the free-agent market. “When u enjoy the process of gettin back to the grind, you enjoy the grind and your happy the results,” Chalmers posted on Instagram. “Wat u put in is wat u get out.” He added, to resolve any speculation, “Don’t worry bout the heat shorts. Doesn’t mean I’m goin back there.” While Chalmers is eligible to be signed by the Heat, who dealt him to the Memphis Grizzlies last November in a tax-saving trade, such prospects would appear unlikely with the Heat loaded with possibilities at point guard with Goran Dragic, Beno Udrih, Briante Weber, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson.

Mario Chalmers already is one team removed from the Miami Heat, but the championship connection remains. Because of that, Dwyane Wade said he already has stepped up as a medical advocate for his former backcourt partner. Immediately after learning of the devastating Achilles injury that Chalmers suffered Wednesday while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, Wade reached out to fellow Marquette product Wesley Matthews to help steer Chalmers through what will come next. A year ago, Matthews was an impending free agent when he tore his Achilles while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Matthews not only was able to recover to return this season but also secured a four-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 offseason.

Grizzlies waive Mario Chalmers

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that guard Mario Chalmers will miss the remainder of the 2015/16 season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in Memphis’ 116-96 loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday at TD Garden and the Grizzlies subsequently waived Chalmers. “Mario did an incredible job for us since coming to Memphis,” Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. “Right from the start, he embraced his change of scenery and endeared himself to his teammates and coaches on the court and the Memphis community off of it.” The injury occurred following a Chalmers shot attempt at just under the seven-minute mark of the third quarter. Chalmers departed the game with 6:57 remaining in the third with the Grizzlies trailing 64-61. “He has been an important part of our success this season, both coming off the bench and when called upon as a starter,” Wallace said. “But with Mario’s season-ending injury and our already depleted roster, it became necessary to free up a roster spot.”
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