Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is coming off possibly the worst stretch of his career.
Chalmers had arguably the best season of his career this year, but was awful in the postseason, culminating in the Heat’s 4-1 loss to the the San Antonio Spurs in which Chalmers scored 22 total points in the series.
Now, Chalmers is set to become an unrestricted free agent for this first time in his six-year career. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Chalmers still wants to remain with the Heat.
Even if James, Wade and Bosh return, the Heat’s supporting cast will be different.
Guard Ray Allen said he still loves playing, but is considering retirement after 18 seasons. Forward Shane Battier is retiring after 13 seasons. Free-agent point guard Mario Chalmers told Yahoo Sports he would like to re-sign with the Heat, but he struggled in the postseason and lost his starting job in Game 5. Forward-center Chris Andersen will opt-out of his contract to become a free agent, a source said. Longtime Heat forward Udonis Haslem has a contract option for next season. Sharp-shooting forward Rashard Lewis is a free agent also, and the Heat will have competition for his services, a source said.
“I hope we stay together,” Chalmers said. “I think we have a good thing going.”
Chalmers averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45.4% from the field, 38.5% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line. In the postseason, he saw his production plummet. He averaged 6.4 points, 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game and shot 42.3% from the field, 34.9% from three and 76.0% from the charity stripe.