Chalmers set to return to NBA with Memphis after Achilles injury

July 20, 2017

Mario Chalmers basketball

Mario Chalmers

After missing the entire NBA season with an Achilles injury, Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers is finally healthy and ready to return to the NBA.

The 31-year-old Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductee has signed a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, the same team he was with when he injured his right Achilles tendon in March 2016.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, joined Memphis in November 2015 after a trade with the Miami Heat, the franchise that drafted the 6-foot-2 point guard out of the University of Kansas in 2008.

He was part of two NBA championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013. He is also the only Alaskan to win a title at the high school, college and professional level.

With Memphis, Chalmers played primarily as a backup and averaged 10.8 points and 3.8 assists in 55 games.

For his NBA career, he has averaged 9.0 points and 3.8 assists in 580 games.