5 Transactions The Miami Heat Must Make This Offseason

5 Transactions The Miami Heat Must Make This Offseason

5. Find a Viable Replacement for Mario Chalmers


Chalmers is signed with the Heat through next season with a salary hit of $4.3 million.

‘Rio has been with the franchise since being acquired during the 2008 draft by Miami. After a disastrous 2014 NBA Finals performance, it appeared as if his tenure with the franchise had come to an end. That was not to be as Riley re-signed the much-criticized point guard to a two-year deal.

Although he had appeared to find a niche in the rotation as a scoring two-guard at the end of the 2014 calendar year, he fizzled during the last several months of the season. He finished the season shooting just 40 percent from the field in addition to a paltry 29 percent from beyond the arc. It was easily the lowest shooting percentage from three-point range of Chalmers’ seven-year NBA career.

Similar to how the Heat were able to rid themselves of Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Danny Granger at the trade deadline, Miami should find a way to end the ‘Rio experiment by acquiring assets such as draft picks and young players in exchange for the veteran guard this offseason.

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