Miami Brings Back Former 2-Time Heat World Champ


The return of ex-NBA players to the league continues, as the Miami Heat have brought back a member of their 2012-13 Championship teams, guard Mario Chalmers. The 35-year-old was last seen in an NBA game back in 2018 with the Memphis Grizzlies. He spent the first 7 of his 9 seasons in Miami.

Chalmers signed with the G League's Grand Rapids Gold earlier this month, after spending the previous few seasons in Europe, playing for AEK Athens in Greece and for Virtus Bologna in Italy, and in Puerto Rico.

His decision to return to the U.S. and sign with the G League has appeared to pay dividends, as the Heat have signed him to a 10-day hardship exception contract.

"I made the decision that I didn't want to play overseas again," Chalmers said after signing with Grand Rapids. "Playing overseas the last three years and being away from my family and not getting all the money that I deserved, it was difficult times... I want to show that I can still play. I've still got a lot to offer a team. I'm a proven winner."

Chalmers was a key piece of Miami's four straight finals appearances from 2010 to 2014. Over his career, he's averaged 9 points and 3.7 assists.

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