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Latest On Potential Heat Trades, Mario Chalmers

The Heat expect to keep Mario Chalmers until at least the start of training camp, and owner Micky Arison has made no demand that the team shed salary, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The prospect of trading for Jamal Crawford, an idea the Heat reportedly raised in talks with the Clippers nearly two months ago, “can’t be ruled out,” but Miami is satisfied with its depth on the perimeter, Jackson writes. The Heat are still willing to trade Chris Andersen, but the market for him has been soft, Jackson hears from a higher-up who’s been in contact with the Heat, and no evidence suggests the Clippers are interested in him as part of a swap involving Crawford, Jackson adds.

The Heat would still prefer to offload salary and haven’t ruled out trading Chalmers, set to make a guaranteed $4.3MM in the final season of his contract this year, as soon as October, according to Jackson. The point guard hasn’t given indications that he’s expecting to be traded, and team president Pat Riley denied reports around draft time indicating that the team was shopping Chalmers and Andersen. Grantland’s Zach Lowe nonetheless heard a couple of weeks later that Chalmers and Andersen were available “for nothing.” Andersen didn’t seem concerned about the rumors when he made a public appearance earlier this week, as Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel chronicles.

An opposing GM told Jackson in mid-July that Chalmers and Shabazz Napier were the players the Heat were shopping the most aggressively, and Miami dealt Napier to the Magic later that month for no salary in return. That, plus the swap that sent Zoran Dragic to the Celtics with no other salary involved, helped Miami lower its payroll, though the Heat still have about $90.4MM in guaranteed salary, which puts them about $5.66MM above the $84.74MM luxury tax threshold. The Heat would have to pay repeat-offender tax penalties if they’re still above the tax line on the final day of the regular season. Miami only has 12 players on fully guaranteed deals, and if they keep Hassan Whiteside on his partially guaranteed contract but get rid of everyone else, they’d have a tax bill of roughly $16.3MM. Jackson estimates the tax bill at around $23MM, though that appears to include some of the non-guaranteed contracts.

Do you think the Heat will move below the luxury tax line this season? If so, how do you think they’ll manage to do it? Leave a comment to tell us.

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2 thoughts on “Latest On Potential Heat Trades, Mario Chalmers

  1. Chris Crouse

    If they can shed Anderson and Chalmers and bring minimum salary back, that might be best for the franchise. I don’t think any team is going to be willing to do that though without Miami offering them sweeteners and the Heat are already without so many future picks.

    Trading Deng might be the team’s best option for ducking the repeater. It’ll hurt on the court, but Deng isn’t going to make them a title contender anyway.

  2. smittybanton

    Like OKC, they probably won’t make a move until the February trade deadline when its clearer whether they can expect to get substantial playoff revenue. If injuries put them in jeopardy of not making the playoffs or being one series and done, they have to deal with either Philadelphia or Portland. The Sixers already own the rights to a top 12 protected Miami first round pick. Miami could remove the protection in exchnage for the salary dump. Gives the Sixers another shot at Ben Simmons. But if Portland somehow uses up their cap space between now and then, Hinkie’s gonna nail em to the wall.

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