The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Grizzlies will send guard Beno Udrih, forward Jarnell Stokes and a second-round pick to the Heat, league sources said.
Miami will save $6 million in luxury tax payments with the deal.
The Heat benefitted from the trade beyond the money saved. Udrih is a 36.4 percent three-point shooter and they are in dire need of wings who can knock down the deep ball.
However, Chalmers is the key piece in this trade, though, he’s probably not as important as he seemed at this time last year. In the absence of LeBron James, many expected Chalmers to take his game to the next level with a more involved role on the team. That didn’t happen. In fact, just the opposite did. In the season-plus since James’ departure, Chalmers’ numbers have plummeted, and this season he’s averaging just 5.5 points, shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 9.1 percent from deep.
In Memphis, he’ll be asked to help salvage a struggling offense. The Grizzlies currently have an offensive rating of 94.2, according to NBA.com, which is “good enough” for 28th in the league.
According to Wojnarowski, the hope here is that Chalmers will give a boost to the defense. The Grizzlies’ reserves are only notching 91.0 points per 100 possessions and shooting a meager 43.5 percent effective field-goal percentage. There’s not a lot of controversy that they needed help, but it’s a bit of a quandary as to why they think Chalmers will be the answer to that question. It’s a bit like trying to sew up a hole in your shirt with a pair of scissors. It’s more likely to exacerbate the problem than solve it.