NBA rumors: former Heat PG Mario Chalmers accepts G League contract | Launderer report
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Former Miami Heat playmaker Mario Chalmers has accepted a contract with Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League and will play in the G League Showcase from December 19-22, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.
Chalmers last played in the NBA during the 2017-18 campaign. He has since played in Italy, Greece and Puerto Rico, and also played in BIG3, a professional three-on-three basketball league founded by rapper / actor Ice Cube and entertainment director Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017. .
Chalmers’ decision to return to the United States stems from his desire to return to the NBA. The 35-year-old recounted JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors that he always wanted to come back and end his career in the United States
“Ending my career where I started would mean the world to me,” Chalmers said. “I was first drafted into the NBA. I never dreamed of quitting basketball overseas so that would be a great way to end my career. Just to be home. in front of the fans who helped me get to where I am today. “
Chalmers added that he still had plenty of gas in the tank and would be ready if and when another opportunity presented itself:
“I have a lot of stuff left in the tank. I have fresh legs, a fresh body and I’m ready again for this full NBA event. A lot of teams are fighting for those 16 playoff spots, so at the end of the day. end of the day, if someone gets hurt or COVID becomes a problem, I’m ready.
“I’ve been in the gym. I understand quickly and I’m sure to beat. I’ve been there before. At the end of the day, I know what it takes to win a championship.”
Chalmers’ attempt to return to the NBA probably couldn’t have come at a better time. According to ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski and Baxter Holmes, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are considering implementing a rule that would require teams affected by major COVID-19 outbreaks to sign replacement players.
Allowing teams to recruit replacement players would limit potential game postponements and cancellations. So Chalmers definitely has a chance to come back.
Chalmers spent the first seven and a half seasons of his NBA career with the Heat before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2015-16 campaign. He then suffered an Achilles tear in 2016 and was dismissed by Memphis, who re-signed him two years later, but did not return to the NBA after the 2017-18 campaign.
In nine NBA seasons, the two-time champion has averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 41.7% from ground and 35.1% from depth.