There are very few glimmers of hope or fun aspects of the recent wave of COVID-19 that has taken its toll across the country and the current NBA season. One of them is that with dozens of players entering and exiting health and safety protocols, opportunities have opened up for other players – young and old – to either make their debuts or to get back into the league after a few years one way.
While it’s great that some G Leaguers have finally gotten their break, the nostalgia factor has made it especially cool to see so many returning veterans like Joe Johnson, Isaiah Thomas and Greg Monroe. Now we can add another name to the list: Mario Chalmers. The veteran leader is going back to where it all began. He will sign a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Chalmers was a second-round pick for the Heat in 2008 and spent more than seven seasons at South Beach. Although he was often the punching bag for fans and teammates during “The Heatles” era, Chalmers played a major role in the team’s four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and consecutive titles. in 2012 and 2013. Because of that, it’s’ I’ll always have a connection to the franchise, and it’s great to see it come full circle.
He was eventually traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and, since leaving the NBA in 2018, has spent time in Italy, Greece and Puerto Rico, alongside the BIG 3 and G League.
“I was looking for opportunities just to be seen,” Chalmers said earlier this month. “I made the decision that I didn’t want to play abroad anymore. Playing abroad for the past three years and being away from my family and not getting all the money I deserved were moments. difficult … I want to show that I can still play. I still have a lot to offer a team. I am a proven winner. “
The Heat will have four games over the next 10 days, starting with a road game against the Houston Rockets. Chalmers is already on his way to Houston and told The Associated Press, “I’m ready.” It’s unclear when or how much Chalmers will play, but even if he doesn’t enter, returning to the league after more than three years is an accomplishment in itself.