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NBA free agent guard Mario Chalmers is planning to return to the league after a year away.
Chalmers suffered an Achilles’ tendon tear and underwent surgery more than a year ago. He told the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World he will begin working out for teams after the NBA draft on June 22.
He worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers in February, but the team opted to sign Deron Williams as a reserve point guard instead.
“During that workout, I felt like within myself I wasn’t really able to contribute like I wanted to,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “I wasn’t going to be same person that they expected me to be. I just decided to take the whole year off.”
Per the Journal-World:
During this week’s free-flowing scrimmages, Chalmers scored 12 points against the Jayhawks on Wednesday at Horejsi Center. His son was one of the campers in attendance.
He followed with 22 points Thursday in the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic versus other KU alumni, showcasing his usual 3-point shooting touch and a few strong drives around defenders for layups. He even executed a few pick-and-roll assists with his former teammate Cole Aldrich.
Chalmers, 31, spent his first seven seasons with the Miami Heat, winning two championships. He played 55 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2015-16. He is averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 assists for his career, shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers.