The Miami Heat have been ravaged by COVID-19 about as much as any team in the league. Because of that, they are past plan A and plan B and are now on to plan C.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, that plan is to bring back two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 30, 2021
Chalmers has not played in the NBA since the 2017-18 season, so he is more than three and a half years removed from elite competition. He, however, has been playing professionally overseas in Greece, Puerto Rico, and Italy before settling in with the G League’s Grand Rapids Gold, the affiliate of the Denver Nuggets.
Chalmers never got the call up from the Nuggets but when the Heat hit a recent rough patch, they went right back to an ex-player. The move seems like it will help in the locker room due to Chalmers’ familiarity with the system and with the coaching staff. He will also likely be a fan favorite, as he helped bring two titles to South Beach.
As far as on the court, though, do not expect him to play very many minutes during his 10-day stint on the team. If the Heat like what they see from Chalmers, they can either sign him for the rest of the year or extend him to a second 10-day contract and then make their decision after that. Either way, it will be up to Chalmers to prove his worth and it will be interesting to see if he can do it.