NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Buzz on Potential Mario Chalmers Swap

November 3rd, 2015 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The NBA trade market has been somewhat docile so far, but it may spark to life after's Marc Stein reported on Tuesday that the Memphis Grizzlies have talked to the Miami Heat about a possible Mario Chalmers trade.

Stein emphasized discussions remain in the preliminary stage, so a potential deal remains far from completion.

Any hesitation to execute the trade probably won't come from Miami. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat have tried to offload Chalmers dating back to the end of last year. Jackson cited a strong financial motivation for the reasoning behind Miami's desire to move the veteran point guard:

The addition of Goran Dragic has undoubtedly pushed Chalmers into a backup role, thus making him more expendable. Without Chalmers, the Heat wouldn't be a demonstrably worse team, especially with Tyler Johnson looking like a capable NBA guard.

Still, Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald wonders whether trading Chalmers sends the right message for the Heat:

The Heat shouldn't be seen as skimping, not while also talking about contending. It certainly won' ...

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