Grizzlies wanted to trade for former Jayhawk Chalmers

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Memphis Grizzlies tried to acquire former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers during Thursday’s NBA Draft, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Saturday.

Miami Heat officials said they turned down the Grizzlies’ offer of a first-round pick (No. 27 overall) for the Heat’s starting point guard. Memphis has former KU forward Darrell Arthur on its roster.

The Grizzlies also offered their No. 2 overall pick to the Heat for former Kansas State standout Michael Beasley. The Heat also declined that offer.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Chalmers “according to numerous insiders, has been the star of the Heat’s offseason workouts.”