The Miami Heat is finalizing a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies that will see guard Mario Chalmers and forward James Ennis go to Memphis in exchange for guard Beno Udrih, forward Jarnell Stokes, and a second-round draft pick, according to reports. This is the first trade of the new season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports released the news on Twitter that the veteran guard will now be playing his basketball in Memphis after seven seasons in Miami.
The deal works out great for the Heat, as it saves them $2.5 million in salary this season, and $6 million in luxury tax payments, according to Wojnarowski's report on Yahoo! Sports.
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Wojnarowski also said: "Memphis will use part of a trade exception to absorb Ennis into the deal. The exception came out of a deal that sent Jon Leuer to the Phoenix Suns," that took place last June.
Both teams will call the NBA offices today in order to finalize the deal. Chalmers was no longer part of the Heat's plans after being the starting guard for them during their two championship winning seasons, so it was the right move for him to play somewhere else.
The Grizzlies needed an upgrade at backup guard due to their poor start to the season of 3-5, and to bring in a player who has won championships starting at that position isn't a bad move to make at all.
Chalmers averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 assists in his seven-season stay in Miami. His edition in Memphis will provide the team with some valuable championship-winning experience as they aim to turn their season around before it is too late.