Grizzlies waive Mario Chalmers after season-ending Achilles rupture
The Memphis Grizzlies have waived guard Mario Chalmers following a season-ending Achilles rupture, the team announced.
Chalmers was injured during the Grizzlies’ loss in Boston on Wednesday, and with the team short on healthy players, he was waived to create an additional roster spot. Chalmers will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
“[Chalmers] has been an important part of our success this season, both coming off the bench and when called upon as a starter,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “But with Mario’s season-ending injury and our already depleted roster, it became necessary to free up a roster spot.”
Free agent point guard Ray McCallum is traveling to Memphis on Friday where he will reportedly sign with the Grizzlies, The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported Thursday night. With the Chalmers injury, Memphis is looking to bolster its backcourt depth, sources told Charania.
Chalmers, 29, was acquired by Memphis from Miami earlier in the season. His injury left the Grizzlies with just eight available players, with starting point guard Mike Conley and big men Chris Andersen and Zach Randolph all sitting out with injuries of their own, and center Marc Gasol out for the season.
Chalmers averaged 10.3 points and 3.8 assists this season.
The Grizzlies are 38–26 after dropping the game 116–96 and sit fifth in the Western Conference. As of Thursday, the team had just eight healthy players on the 15-man roster, in addition to guard Briante Weber, who is on a 10-day contract. The team could apply for the NBA’s hardship exception in the coming days to add another player.
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