Veteran point guard Mario Chalmers has been medically cleared to get back on the court, he announced today (via Twitter). Chalmers ruptured his right Achilles tendon about five and a half months ago, sidelining him for the end of the 2015/16 season and the postseason.
Chalmers’ contract was set to expire this summer, though he ended up hitting the open market a little early, as the Grizzlies waived him in the wake of his season-ending injury. The 30-year-old’s stock has undoubtedly been hurt this summer by his health status, as major Achilles injuries aren’t easy to come back from. Chalmers remains unsigned for now, but now that he’s been cleared to return to the court, interest could pick up a little.
Even though he missed the final month of the season, Chalmers played more NBA minutes in 2015/16 than all but three other current free agents. In 61 total games with the Heat and Grizzlies, the former Kansas standout averaged a career-high 10.3 PPG to go along with 3.8 APG and 1.4 SPG.
While Chalmers has gotten the go-ahead to get back on the court, it remains to be seen how long it will take him to get back to full health after such a significant injury. Teams interested in signing the point guard will likely exercise patience rather than rushing to add him to their roster immediately.