Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mario Chalmers Back With Heat
Let’s face it…no signing will the Miami Heat make will garner any attention when you lose the greatest player in the world. Unless you’re signing him back to the team.
It’s with that thinking that Pat Riley has forged ahead to make the new look Miami Heat as respectable and competitive as possible during this free agency.
Since Lebron James has decided to take his talents back home to Cleveland, Riley and his staff have been burning the phones and the midnight oil to assemble a team to compliment franchise cornerstones Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem (who have yet to be signed but reports are those signings are eminent).
Riley started his post Lebron James era by signing Chris Bosh to a 5 year $118 million dollar max deal. Sure, he may have overpaid, but with Lebron gone, cash is available. And maybe Bosh should consider it a gift for not taking his talents elsewhere.
Sunday afternoon the aqcuisitions continued. The Heat signed Luol Deng to a 2 yr $20 million dollar deal.
They also brought back Mario Chalmers on a 2 yr deal and Chris Andersen on a multi year deal.
Chalmers had a disappointing NBA Finals, but averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game as the Heat’s starting point guard, shooting 45 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the three-point line.