Fast Breaks: Chalmers, Grizzlies, Reed, Magic

Mario Chalmers reportedly is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Free agent guard Mario Chalmers has agreed to a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a report from ESPN.

The deal reportedly is partially-guaranteed.

Chalmers missed all of last season after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in March 2016. He had been playing for the Grizzlies at the time.

Chalmers, 31, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Miami Heat, winning two championships and appearing in four straight Finals while starting alongside the then-Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Chalmers was traded to the Grizzlies in November 2015, then waived following his injury in March of that season.

He also drew interest from the Los Angles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, who brought him in for a workout in February. But Chalmers admittedly was not ready for a return at the time.

“During that workout, I felt like within myself I wasn’t really able to contribute like I wanted to,” Chalmers told The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World. “I wasn’t going to be same person that they expected me to be. I just decided to take the whole year off.”

He is averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 assists for his career, shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers.

Chalmers joins swingman Tyreke Evans (Sacramento) and shooting guard Ben McLemore (also Sacramento) as key free-agent pickups for the Grizzlies.

Here’s more from around the NBA: 

  • Free agent big man Willie Reed has agreed to a one-year deal for $1.5 million with the Los Angeles Clippers, per ESPN. Reed is 6-foot-11 and coming off a career year with the Heat, averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 71 games. He is mostly known for his ability to protect the basket, and at 27 years old, may still be on his way up.
  • The Orlando Magic are looking to add more perimeter shooting in free agency, team president Jeff Weltman told reporters (via the Orlando Sentinel). Anthony Morrow, Gary Neal and Brandon Rush are some older available free agents, while Ian Clark is a little younger and also available.