Rumor: Nets, Mavericks, Pelicans interested in Mario Chalmers
Last season Mario Chalmers returned from a missed season due to a ruptured Achilles, but he was not the player the Grizzlies had pre-injury. He averaged 7.7 points a game in the 66 he played, but Chalmers shot 37.9 percent overall and 27.7 percent from three, he struggled to finish at the rim, and he had the worst season of his career.
Still, if healthy, a few teams could use him and some are interested, reports Marc Spears of ESPN.
NBA free agent point guard Mario Chalmers is completely healthy and is getting interest from Brooklyn, Dallas and New Orleans, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 7, 2018
Are these teams looking at hard Chalmers or is an agent trying to drum up interest and get someone to bite? None of the mentioned teams make great sense. The Nets have D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Shabazz Napier at the point. Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr. to start with J.J. Barea and Jalen Brunson behind him, plus rookie Luka Doncic is going to have the ball in his hands a lot. The Pelicans may make the most sense and they have Jrue Holiday and Elfrid Payton on the roster already.
Chalmers will get his chance somewhere, the question will be is he all the way back from that Achilles injury? If not, teams are going to be hesitant.