Memphis Grizzlies consider trading Mario Chalmers with Heat

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Despite resigning center Marc Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies are experiencing a rocky season. The Grizzlies are reviewing the option to trade veteran guard Mario Chalmers with the Miami Heat.

Even though there is no official deal yet, the Grizzles have discussed the possibility of dealing for Chalmers, who is available since the Heat signed point guard Goran Dragic to a long-term deal.

The Grizzlies are looking into their options for reinforcing the roster, after their two losses during the first four games of the season. The team suffered a 30-point loss against Cleveland last week, and then a 50-point defeat at Golden State in the first game of a five-game trip.

Chalmers, 29, selected No. 34 overall in the second round of the 2008 draft, has played his whole career with the Heat. He played on two Miami championship teams after also winning a title collegiately at Kansas. Chalmers helped assure the victory in OT with a 3-pointer, in the Jayhawks’ win over Memphis in the 2008 NCAA title game.

Chalmers, who signed a two year deal in 2014, is making $4.3 million this season.

The player said his current situation with the Heat is out of his control.

“It’s definitely been tough, but I’m built like that … for tough moments, to deal with things,” he said. “I’ve always had the odds stacked against me. That’s what made me who I am.”

Chalmers said he’s always done whatever is best for the team, even if it’s playing a prominent rotating role or participating less since the team signed Dragic last February. The player is aware of the trade rumors.

“Especially with the way things have been going, I’ve got to prove every day why I’m here, why I’ve got two championship rings, why I was a starting point guard on two championship teams,” Chalmers said. “So I’ve just got to keep proving myself.”

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