Miami Heat Rumors: Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen on Trading Block

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It’s no secret the Miami Heat are going to need a little bit of extra money if they hope to re-sign Dwyane Wade. Now we know how they plan on doing it. reported Monday that the organization is shopping Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen in trade talks in an attempt to clear up cap space. Chalmers is due $4.3 million for next season, while Andersen is due $5 million. Trading both players will free up $9.3 million in cap space.

The Heat are presumably hoping to trade both players by Thursday’s NBA Draft, which would give the Heat several days to work out a deal with Wade before the June 29 player option deadline. If the veteran shooting guard does not opt in by that date, he becomes a free agent on July 1.

Both ‘Rio and “Birdman” were staples of the Heat’s championship run during the “Big Three” era. The veteran point guard has played his entire seven-year career in Miami while Andersen signed with the franchise midway through the 2012-13 season. Both players signed new deals as free agents during the 2014 offseason.

While both players were key rotation players during the championship years, they are coming off of disappointing seasons. To make matters more pressing, the Heat are motivated to bring back Wade. If they have to cut ties with two bench players in order to bring the face of the franchise back, there is no doubt Pat Riley will make that move.

Chalmers averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.2 turnovers while shooting 40.3 from the field and a career-low 29.4 percent from beyond the three-point line last season. Andersen struggled with numerous injuries en route to playing in just 60 games and averaging just 5.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and a block per game during the 2014-15 season.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.