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32-year-old guard Mario Chalmers is currently an unrestricted free agent and confident he’ll land with an NBA team for the 2018-19 season.
Chalmers, who played with the Memphis Grizzlies this past season, averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 66 games, shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from three.
The 10-year veteran missed the entire 2016-17 season recovering from a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
“I’m very proud. A lot of people don’t really come back from that injury,” Chalmers said Friday at Lawrence’s Schwegler Elementary School where his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation was held. “I know I’ll be on a team next year. I’m not worried about that part. I am still going, waiting on a contract right now. I’m right here, handling my event this time of year. I’ll figure my next move after that.
“It’s just a matter of time. They (NBA teams) are getting all the young guys, all the big free agents out of the way now. I’m just waiting my turn. I’m capable of doing everything they ask me to do. At this point of my career, I’m wanting what’s best for the team, what’s best for the organization, trying to take care of little things to keep me on the court and help a team win.”
Chalmers won two championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He has career averages of 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 646 games.