Restricted free agent Mario Chalmers followed in Shane Battier’s footsteps, announcing on Twitter that he would return to the Miami Heat. His deal is worth $12 million over three seasons, with the Heat having a team option the final year. Additionally, James Jones’ agent told Fox Sports Florida that the 3-point sharpshooter would return to his hometown team; he signed a three-year deal worth $4.5 million.
Chalmers will likely hold on to the starting point guard spot he earned in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, with rookie Norris Cole behind him. Unless the Heat sign another veteran point guard – and I don’t see Chauncey Billups making it through the waiver process – expect the Kansas standout to receive big minutes, at least before Mike Miller returns. Jones’ role remains uncertain, with the Heat signing Battier and appearing not to amnesty Miller. With such a great season last year for Jones – including winning the 3-Point Shooutout at All-Star Weekend – I thought the University of Miami product wanted to go to a team that gave him playing time.
(Updated with official press releases announcing both signings below....)
MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed guard Mario Chalmers. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chalmers, a 6'2", 190-pound guard, has appeared in 225 regular season games (132 starts) averaging 7.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.45 steals and 26.7 minutes while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. Among Miami's all-time leaders, he ranks eighth in steals (327), tied for ninth in three-point field goals made (272), 12th in assists (826), 19th in minutes (6,012), tied for 19th in games played (225) and 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (.350).
He has appeared in 33 career postseason games (eight starts), averaging 8.1 points, 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.52 steals and 26.4 minutes while shooting 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the foul line. During the 2011 NBA Finals, Chalmers increased his postseason averages in the six-game series against Dallas in points (11.8), assists (3.5), rebounds (2.7), minutes (29.0) and three-point field goal percentage (.400). He currently ranks among the HEAT's all-time postseason leaders in steals (third), assists (sixth), three-point field goals made (tied-seventh) and games played (10th).
Chalmers shot a career-high 87.1 percent from the foul line last season and set a new HEAT record after dishing out 13 assists off the Miami bench at Toronto on April 13, the most from a non-starter in franchise history. He also currently holds the HEAT all-time record for steals during a regular season game with nine vs. Philadelphia on November 5, 2008 and tied the franchise mark for steals during a postseason game with five vs. Atlanta on May 1, 2009. Additionally, during his rookie campaign, he became just the fifth player, and the first rookie, in franchise history to start in all 82 games while on his way to earning Second Team NBA All-Rookie honors.
Chalmers was originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. His draft rights were acquired by the HEAT in exchange for two 2009 second-round draft picks and cash considerations on draft night.
MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed free agent forward James Jones. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jones has appeared in 447 regular season career games (73 starts) over eight seasons. During his NBA career, with four different teams, he has averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 18.9 minutes while shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line. He has scored in double-figures on 114 occasions and has shot at least 82 percent from the foul line every season of his career.
During the last three seasons with the HEAT, Jones appeared in 157 regular season games (15 starts) averaging 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 17.1 minutes while shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from three-point range and 83.2 percent from the foul line. The 2010 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout Champion ranks among Miami's all-time leaders, placing fourth in three-point field goal percentage, 15th in three-point field goals made (193) and 19th three-point field goal attempts (473).
Jones originally signed with the HEAT as a free agent on July 9, 2008 before being waived by the club on June 29, 2010. He was then re-signed on July 19, 2010 before becoming a free agent for the 2011-12 season.