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Report: Mario Chalmers about a month away from being ready, teams interested

Mario Chalmers

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers moves the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Washington. Chalmers was ejected in the first half. The Wizards won 100-91. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Last March, Mario Chalmers became part of the crazy-long list of Memphis Grizzlies who suffered injuries — in his case, a torn Achilles tendon.

Right now, Chalmers is a free agent working to recover, stay in shape, and be ready to return to the NBA. While he has been cleared by doctors for some on-court activity, the veteran point guard is not ready for five-on-five play yet but told Brian Windhorst of ESPN he’s getting close.

Spoke to Mario Chalmers tonight. He’s continuing to rehab after Achilles surgery in March. He said he’s about a month away from being ready. Several teams are staying in touch with him. The backup point guard market is thin, if he’s healthy he’ll be back in the league quickly.

There are a few teams out there could certainly use Chalmers’ skills right now and Windhorst is right, once he gets healthy and cleared to play he likely will get a contract relatively quickly. He just can’t rush the process too much and have setbacks. Achilles injuries are a long and tricky rehab.