Thursday, June 16, 2011

Heat make qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers


— Getting in position to try to keep Mario Chalmers has become the first personnel move of the Miami Heat offseason.

As expected, the Heat extended a qualifying offer Wednesday to Chalmers, making him a restricted free agent and giving Miami the right to match any contract he receives over the summer.

Chalmers has said he wants to remain with Miami, though he likely will generate some interest once free agency begins. The Kansas University product made $847,000 this season.

“We’re encouraged by Mario’s progress,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said earlier this week after the team’s exit meetings. “He’s a combination guard and he’s a guard that can start under the right circumstances. He’s also a great fit coming off the bench because of the energy that he provides and his ability to change the game, either with his scoring or defense or playmaking, and that’s a unique quality to have coming off the bench.”

Chalmers has spent all three of his NBA seasons with Miami, averaging 7.9 points and 3.7 assists during regular-season play, 8.1 points and 2.7 assists in playoff games. He was Miami’s fourth-leading scorer behind Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James in the NBA finals, which the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.


Kevin John 8 years, 7 months ago

Shop around Mario and get paid for your quality play and clutch 3s. The miami heat didn't value you, and put you behind a washed up Mike Bibby. I hear the Lakers are looking for a point guard, and that the Thunder are looking for a good combo guard. Get paid, you have earned it. Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Andrew Dunlap 8 years, 7 months ago

Mario was the best point guard on the team and was clutch in the playoffs. he needs to get paid. He should go where he can start. the heck the Heat

Marc Frey 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, as long at King James, D-Wade, and the "third tenor" are around, the other two players on the court are there as decoys. I am not a fan of the NBA, and when I tried to watch the Finals, it was 3 on 5.

David Lara 8 years, 7 months ago

LOL! third tenor... Effin love it! And agreed, getting Mario away from the heat will help me feel better about rooting against them

Brad Avery 8 years, 7 months ago

Sign with the Celtics, Mario. Fewer gigantic egos; you would be a perfect compliment for their aging backcourt and they are better coached.

ChenoWho 8 years, 7 months ago

Celtics would be a terrible place for Mario. Rondo only sits 8 - 10 min a game, and Delonte and maybe even Bradley will eat up those minutes. Much as i dislike the Heat, they could be Mario's best option. Too bad, as he showed with his childish T in game 6, the classless Heat are a bad influence.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

Memo to Spoelstra,

Sign Mario right now.

Trade Wade and Bosh for a great center.

Pick up a power forward/enforcer late in his career.

Let Riles make you GM.

Order Riles to die his hair, or take a pay cut.

Put Riles on the bench till he infarcts.

Replace Riles when he infarcts.

Collect seven rings.

Move to Bora Bora.

Write a book about how you did it.

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

Infarcts: Off my chair. Best word in many moons. Especially when applied directly to Pat "Fonzi" Riley. So funny I think I sharted.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

Thank heavens you're not broken harcted. :-)

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 7 months ago

I will not be satisfied until I've eared a jaybate PHOF..

waywardJay 8 years, 7 months ago

It's hard work, but a gratifying reward.

It's more elusive than a Nobel Prize these days.

Hint: Use big words.

WisconsinJayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

What amount does his "qualifying offer" amount to? This article gives his current salary, information on what kind of raise this will entail for Mario would have been a good piece of information for the story. After all, the story IS about his future contract. Someone too lazy to find this out before going to print?

Roger Johnson 8 years, 7 months ago

The Miami Heat did not release the offer amount. Did you read that he is a restricted free agent and the Heat have a right to match any other offer? So why would they release the amount and tip off the other teams? Think before you automatically assume the reporter is doing a bad job.

orbiter 8 years, 7 months ago

WisconsinJayhawk: someone is lazy and it is you. You should just stick to being an a-hole in person if you're gonna come that weak.

live4h2o 8 years, 7 months ago

A Qualifying Offer is either 125% of the player's previous season's salary or the minimum salary plus $175,000, whichever offer is higher.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

Erratum: not "die his hair," but "dye his hair." Surely hair murder is not yet allowed, even under the reputedly de-constitutional Patriot Acts. :-)

LAJayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

It must be allowed. Anthony Weiner, apparently, engages in the act on a regular basis...........

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

It is funny how these guys try to hang on, when no one wants them. To bad it is so sad that they behave the way they do.

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

I think I would prefer hair die to say, being given the "Keady".

justanotherfan 8 years, 7 months ago

The qualifying offer is set by the current CBA. Since Chalmers just finished his rookie contract, he is on the first tier of offers. It's a decent raise, but nothing like what he could see when he gets to free agency in another few years.

RockChalk1225 8 years, 7 months ago

A couple of you have already commented on what I have been saying since about Game 3 of the Finals, GET OUT MARIO. Not that I think he can be a 'star', but I think Mario could really help a team. He wont get that chance with the Court Jester James, D Wade (probably wont pass to a KU man as he is still bent about the beat down we handed him in the Final Four--jk....kinda), and Bosh. It was game 4 or 5 when Mario had that great first half and then hardly saw any time the second half.
Good luck, and hope to see you playing more minutes for a better team next year! Any ideas of where maybe? Without researching a whole lot-Orlando with Nelson? Take Fishers place in LA? I dont watch a ton of NBA, just keep tabs on former Hawks.

blackhawkjayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

As much as I'd like to see Mario with Durant, have you ever been to OKC? It makes Topeka look like Paris. Pat Riley and the city of Miami are going to have a certain allure that may be difficult for Mario to walk away from - especially when he was only two wins away from a championship. Boston is a good suggestion but that team will be very old, very soon. They have a one-year window, tops.

How about the Dallas Mavericks?

JayDocMD 8 years, 7 months ago

Have to disagree here. I would have agreed with you when I lived in the OKC-area about 15 years ago (on second thought, NO. Topeka is horrible.) But about 10 years ago they developed the downtown/Bricktown area and it is pretty nice. It is substantially better than Topeka (or Wichita.) While still not Miami entertainment-wise, the people there are friendly and cost of living is cheap. The biggest down-side of OKC is the atrociously unpredictable weather.

Mark Anderson 8 years, 7 months ago

So you think OKC makes Topeka look like Paris - really?? Obviously it's been a long time since you've been to OKC or the reason you're blackhawkjayhawk is that you're blind. OKC has undergone an amazing transformation since the Murrah Building bombing. It is rated as one of the most desirable places to live, with a cost of living that is one of the lowest in the nation. The Bricktown area, the Cox Convention Center, and the OKC Arena are some of the nicest areas you'll find. Even though the metro area has 1.6M people, getting around the city is much easier than most metro areas. There is a reason that players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have signed long-term contracts (besides the $$) with the Thunder. They actually like living in OKC. I must assume that you meant Paris, TX, a city with which Topeka compares favorably. Otherwise, save your derogatory comments about other cities for some place you know something about.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

"Boston is a good suggestion but that team will be very old, very soon. They have a one-year window, tops. How about the Dallas Mavericks?"

Boston is too old, so you suggest... the Mavericks??? Nowitski and Terry are both 34 (Dirk turns it on Sunday), and Jason Kidd, I believe, is 648 years old......

Pierce, Allen and Garnett are 33, 35, and 35, respectively. Rondo is only 25.

captku 8 years, 7 months ago

ouch, bruh. Topeka on par with Junc City? Armpit? Easy there. Having a BW3 and a Chik-fil-a keep you one up on Junc City any day. I mean, the food at the Mexican Fiesta every summer? That is big time. Also, with the Thunder's success, you can bet that Bricktown will continue on the come. Gotta go before I start sounding like a commercial.

andersonalex 8 years, 7 months ago

The Miami fans are really getting to know him. This is the team that saw potential in him, and they've stuck with him to this point. Given what they've seen in him, they'll also be likely to overlook slower periods for him as well. The stars on that team also make it likely that you'll be seen in national media coverage more often than might otherwise be the case.

If I were him, it would take a pretty compelling reason to leave. Personally I'd stay.

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 7 months ago

I remember going to the Orange Bowl when the 'phins still played there. It was overwhelming... Remember the Kings in KC? Succeed and the fans will show.

JayDocMD 8 years, 7 months ago

I should have clarified: Miami Heat fans. They show up late, leave early and sit on their hands in between.

John Randall 8 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like there must be a lot of KU alums, carrying habits from Memorial Stadium . . .

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

They stuck with him because he was the only guy they could afford. Believe me, if they had a heart left, they would have sold it to land a 4th amigo and sent Chalmers packing. They have no loyalty, only ego.

phi4life940 8 years, 7 months ago

Stay in Miami Chalmers. Get those rings. You won't have a better opportunity to win anywhere else...unless Dwight goes to LA, but I doubt they'll throw you an offer after going broke on him.

jayhwkr77 8 years, 7 months ago

chalmers is one of my favorite jayhawks of all time. but coming from someone who watches a lot of NBA basketball, the people on here who are hoping that chalmers could be the next Lakers starting point guard on here are out of their mind lol.

he has exceeded my expectations of his NBA ability, but he will probably never be a player teams are courting for as their starting point guard. he should probably shop around and make a good effort to get paid, but he is in a very good situation right now in miami. playing with the best player in the world will most likely get him a ring next year and if he is a solid contributor in their "potential" dynasty run the next few years, he will create more leverage for the next time his contract is up.

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

"Potential" dynasty is all Lebron will ever be. They got beat in 6 with home court, by a team twice as old as they are. LeBron has the maturity of an 8th grader, and honestly all the baggage and hoopla he brought with him is turning Wade into the same growth-stunted moron.

Forgive me if I'm a little hesitant to pre-crown anything associated with BronBron, and scream at the top of my lungs for Mario to push that matching offer into undoable territory for the Heat.

Hell, I would love to have his defense in Denver. Karl would love that too.

Woody Cragg 8 years, 7 months ago

If there is no cap, Miami will not let him go period. Pat Riley is no dummie.They know what they have in Mario & they have one of the best to ever play in Lawrence-ever. And that says alot more than any of us can adequately explain, with the lone exception maybe being JB. Only possible way he splits is with a cap & someone offers him too much for the Heat to match. I would've enjoyed watching him play more on most any other team though, for quite obvious reasons. Mario is a really special kid with lock down D skills and superior unselfish court vision & passing abilities, not to mention his long-range accuracy, (especially to Cal). LOL! He absolutely kicks major a$$ for a 23-24 yr old at the NBA level. And he even still has that young baby-faced look like he did when he was on the Hill. Hardly looks like he's shaving yet. Have seen alot of KU hoops in my 60 yrs but he's one of the most consistent/clutch players of all that have entertained us, plus opened the door for the NC on his way out. Only regret is that he didn't stay one more year-cuz I truly believe if he stays we repeat. Pressure is just a non-factor to him. Good luck Mario!

John Sheehan 8 years, 7 months ago

Mario should be starting PG for Miami.

The comments by the coach lead me to believe they think he's 6th Man, not the starting PG.

I think they'll sign a PG in front of him and try to stockpile guys like him (young unselfish players with winning pedigree without huge $$ contracts) for playoff depth.

If he stays in Miami he'll likely get a ring or more.

If he goes elsewhere, he's probably a starter, more of a star, makes more $.

Best case scenario he becomes the Rajon Rondo of Miami.

My gut tells me he wants to win and knows staying in Miami gives him best opportunity for that.

Regardless - love watching him play on that stage / that level.

JayDocMD 8 years, 7 months ago

"..that’s a unique quality to have coming off the bench.”

Sure sounds like Coach Spoelstra wants to find another starting guard. Not sure if he is saying that to play contract negotiating games or if truly feels Mario is a bench player

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure if most people understand "restricted free agent". Basically, this is the ability to keep a drafted player in that city for 7 years. Typically, the first contract is for 1-4 years. There isn't a specific dollar amount to a qualifying offer. What this means is that a "restricted free agent" has the ability to shop around and get offers. However, Miami in this case has the right to match that offer no matter how high it is. The CBA sets the high dollar amount for the classification he is. This is the same reason that you saw Lebron stay 7 years in Cleveland and why Howard will be in Orlando for 7 years (unless he is traded), and why Kevin Durrant will be OKC for 7 years. Basically, the player that is drafted can't leave that team on his own accord, he must be traded, the qualifying offer needs to be higher than what the team is willing to pay, or he has to have played 7 years.

Ultimately, unless if a team comes to Mario and wants to pay him some outrageous amount (starting PG and almost the superstar on the team), Mario will be keeping his talents in South Beach.

Michael Auchard 8 years, 7 months ago

After watching about 75% of the Heat's games int he playoffs, it seems like this team could get a lot of value for Bosh compared to what he's worth on the court.

Michael Auchard 8 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, I'm definitely not hating. I mean, he's good, but I'm not sure that they couldn't improve the team by trading him.

Getting two B+ players for one A- player here seems possible.

waywardJay 8 years, 7 months ago

Is it possible the Miami Used Iso sets because of the lack of Continuit between the players.... Seems to me an Iso set would be pretty easy to install without making too much of a gamble on the time spent.

Would seem pick and roll would take a little longer to develop ( as it's a much more complicated Offense than Iso ) and it's not easy for Unfinished, or unpolished players ( Bosh ) to develop too.

These are likely things they will add this offseason on the reload.

TonganoxieHawkfan 8 years, 7 months ago

I would like to see Mario go to a team where he isn't overshadowed by three superstars

Tony Bandle 8 years, 7 months ago

Can Mario throw a football?? Maybe he still has football eligibility left as a Jayhawk?!

Sooner or later, the big three are going to figure it out and realize that there are two more guys on the court with the same color uniform. When that happens, they will start a run that will end up in multiple Championships, darn it.

Career-wise, Mario's best move is to stay where he is. Personal goal-wise may be a different story. The question is do you want to be a role player with a multiple champion or be a starter with an also-ran.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

If MChalmers stays in Little Havana, he will be their John Havilicek. He will be the greatest sixth man in the game; then at some point he will become a permanent starter and make "the shot" of the NBA some time. Just got my fortune read today and that was part of what I was told. The fortune teller's name was Madame Hondo.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

P.S.: She's got a wicked deck of cards.

Paul Mitten 8 years, 7 months ago

I love Mario. I don't care for the Heat, but Mario should stick with the Heat. He's stumbled onto a good thing and on a team like that, he could become a multiple championship winner, and that's what we want, right?

He's gonna be a starter at some point. Already the team trusts him enough to put him in during crunch time, he can only grow from here.

John Randall 8 years, 7 months ago

It is just simple-minded to believe starting is more important than finishing. Riley has exactly what he saw in the '08 draft, and is smart enough to keep it that way, with Mario usually posting the minutes expected of starters.
The NBA game has evolved to require 6-10 minutes of rest for starters each half, and that makes it essential that the first four or five bench players include enough strength to keep games within reach, or even extend an advantage. Many times, the top two subs are more important (in w-l terms) than the fourth and fifth starter.

Not every NBA ego can deal with putting out top effort when they are not starting, so a player like MC becomes more valuable as a partially hidden asset than he would be if exposed as a marginally effective starter. Even his stats will be better.

Austin Bergstrom 8 years, 7 months ago

chalmers will start next year for miami, hell he started this year until he hurt his knee and had a miss a lot of time not being 100 percent.

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 7 months ago

Chalmers has made steady but significant progress in every season since his freshman season at KU through 3 seasons in the NBA. This contract will set him for life. Already an intelligent kid plus his dad and agent..I see a bright and rewarding $$$ future for Mario.

waywardJay 8 years, 7 months ago

Seek free Agency Mario.

You are their only Clutch Shooter, and you are their Fifth Option in the Clutch.

Free Mario Chalmers!

waywardJay 8 years, 7 months ago

Here's your counter point, and There are thousands of us who will likely throw this counter point out there....

We don't disagree often, but here I gotta say.... Dead against you on these points, about the only thing w agree on is Wade....Sorta.

Lebron's a spoiled little brat.

Simply put, he came from nothing,or potentially less than nothing... He got a taste of the big time, and he let it go to his head. The worst part is, it's not even about Basketball anymore. It's his what year, and he hasn't developed the ability to post up guys he's bigger than, and faster than ?

Michael - It was always about Basketball Kobe - It was always about Basketball Bird - Basketball. Magic - Basketball. Lebron - Global Icon.

When people talk about Lebron these days they use similiar descriptions to Maria Sharapova or Anna Kournikova. Athlete and Businessman. He's out there doing photo shoots instead of developing himself into a better player. He's out there making "decisions" instead of developing to win a championship.

Maybe his Olympic's experience was because he had a dynamic coach who got his players to buy in ( That's probably a stretch, K's a weasel. ), Maybe it was just sheer embarassment that Our game became something we were content not to dominate,for whatever reason Lebron took to the Olympics as a great challenge. I honestly cannot think he was so successful in the Olympics because of Wade and Bosh.... because Logic would follow he would have been more successful than he was during the regular season/ post season.

Remember, this was a kid screwing around as a rookie throwing up 94 footers in front of the Camera and as recently as last year was posing with teammates and generally acting like a clown during the regular season.

He has talent to spare. He has charisma to spare. He could be an all-time great but he's a businessman instead of a Basketball Player.

Finally, A bad Finals? Sure if it were just a One-time happening we could say something like a bad finals. Same lebron as last year against Boston, his "bad series" always come against people he has the talent to Dwarf on a basketball court.... And he never, NEVER prevails in a bad series.

Case In point, Dirk struggled for points during the series also, but he never stopped doing the things he needed to to win a championship. Lebron packed up and Went home after Game 3, like a business man trying to catch a tee time. o r perhaps a Television special to Announce his new record deal, or something else we gave him before he earned any credentials to own it himself.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 7 months ago

Go to Thunder with Collison and Durant. If not, then go help Rondo and Pierce. Leave the Drama bums in Dirty Miami.

captku 8 years, 7 months ago

If he goes to the Thunder, the Memphis-OKC playoff series will be tough again!

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