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Mario Chalmers Might Be Headed to Memphis

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The Memphis Grizzlies got pounded into dust by the Golden State Warriors last night, and that might have something to do with them looking at the Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers as a potential trade acquisition. According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com that, while no deal was considered imminent as of Tuesday, the Grizzlies have explored the possibility of dealing for Chalmers, who is known throughout the league to be available after Miami signed point guardGoran Dragic to a long-term deal over the summer.

Chalmers has been with the Heat his entire career. He’s averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 assists over the course of it, with a respectable 36.1 percent three-point percentage and 51.0 effective field goal percentage. However, those numbers have fallen into the tank a bit since LeBron James took his talents back to Cleveland. Chalmers has 29.2 percent from deep with a 45.8 effective field-goal percentage in the absence of the King, who would frequently set the table for him.

Chalmers was the starting point guard for the Heat both years they won the ring, but he earned as much fame for getting screamed at by superstar teammates Dwyane Wade and James for his frequent defensive miscues. This season he’s averaging just 6.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting and hitting only 20 percent of his threes. His contract is a quite manageable $4.3 million, and he’s in the final year of it, so there’s very little risk to trading for him. There just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of potential reward either.

But when you’ve been beaten by 30 points (to the Cleveland Cavaliers) and 50 (the aforementioned drubbing at the Warriors hands) in four games, you do desperate thing.

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