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Mario Chalmers was very inconsistent last season for the Miami Heat in the first year of the post-LeBron era. There was a ton of roster turnover, as well as injuries to Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng that made his role with the team unclear at times. Trade rumors have dogged Chalmers for years, although they may be subsiding with Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole no longer with the team. Brandon Di Perno discusses some quotes from Chalmers regarding trade rumors and how he handles the added pressure, and adds his own insight on the situation.
The Phoenix Suns may have thought it was best for their team when they traded Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons earlier this summer, but they had to also have known that it wouldn’t sit well with current Suns forward (and Marcus’s twin brother) Markieff Morris. Markieff isn’t too happy about his brother being dealt and has demanded a trade, so why risk an unhappy locker room? Dealing the second Morris brother looks like it’s probably in the Suns’ best interest at this point. Andrew Snyder looks at the Atlanta Hawks as a potential landing spot that he thinks could be a good fit for Morris.
Carmelo Anthony is trying to make the Team USA roster for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and most had assumed that his status on the roster would depend on his health. Anthony, however, doesn’t believe that health is going to be an issue, as he claims that Coach K has seen that he is healthy and can play. Coach K, for his part, has nothing but great things to say about Anthony and his commitment to Team USA, as well. As Anthony is scheduled to begin playing full 5-on-5 scrimmages by the end of August, it looks like he’s on his way to being fully ready to start the 2015-2016 season on time.
Jimmy Butler went on the radio in Chicago this week and, more or less, admitted that there were times when he and Derrick Rose struggled to coexist last season. His two word response on the status of their relationship, “We better,” lends to the idea that they’ve spoken on the topic since the season ended. Morten Stig Jensen takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both players and how their similar style can be a plus that new head coach Fred Hoiberg can take advantage of.
The Mavericks announced the signing of JaVale McGee to a two-year deal at the league minimum on Thursday, with the second year being a team option. After missing out on Clippers center DeAndre Jordan earlier in free agency, the Mavs were left with a real need at the center position. McGee doesn’t come close to filling the kind of role that Jordan would have, but if nothing else he adds some depth at an extremely cheap cost. He played in just 23 games last season between Denver and Philadelphia, but Doyle Rader writes that he thinks McGee could be a strong fit for the Mavericks.