NBA Rumors: Mario Chalmers To Reunite With LeBron James In Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a secondary point guard who will play as Kyrie Irving's reliever in that position and one free-agent guard to consider in that spot was LeBron's former teammate, Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers was the primary point guard during James' tenure in the Miami Heat wherein they won two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. The 30-year-old cager was released by the Memphis Grizzlies last season and he is currently recovering from an Achilles injury that he suffered.
Last season, he averaged 10.3 points and 3.8 assists in 61 games. There is a possible reunion with the two players as Chalmers is still searching for a team to play while Cleveland Cavaliers are in pursuit for a backup point guard, according to ESPN.
Cleveland noted that Chalmers was one of the three players who are on the team's free agent radar, with the other two Norris Cole and Kirk Hinrich.
The Cavs are 13-2 and still surviving even without a substitute backup point guard this season after the unexpected retirement of Mo Williams and after the sign-and-trade deal of Matthew Dellavedova to the Milwaukee Bucks. They still have a rookie guard Kay Felder on their roster but Felder hasn't been able to earn minutes for the backup point guard position.
Joe Vardon did some sort of a segment called "Hey, Joe! questions" on his Twitter account and someone with the handle @Le_BR_on asked this.
@joevardon LBJ had Kaun last season, so... Do you believe Chalmers is the backup Cavs are waiting for?
— King James Brasil (@Le_BR_on) November 25, 2016
Joe Vardon answered, " Hey, @Le_BR_on: I do not believe Mario Chalmers is, as you've put it, the backup point guard the Cavs are "waiting for." I think they want to trade for one next month. But if they can't, and if it appears in January that the right deal for a point guard they want will not materialize, and Chalmers is both healthy (he tore his Achilles last season) and available, then, yes, I could see a scenario where they sign him. But that scenario includes him accepting the league minimum or something close to it to play in Cleveland."
Many believe that Cleveland would like to fill that backup PG position with a veteran as long as the cost is low. The Cavs have already over the salary cap so any deal for Chalmers would be for the minimum.
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