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                     === Heat pick up Chalmers' option ===
 
 Miami,  FL  (Sports Network)  - The Miami  Heat ensured one  key member of the
 team's   back-to-back  NBA  championship  runs  will  return  next  season  by
 exercising  the option  on  guard  Mario Chalmers'  contract  for the  2013-14
 campaign.
 
 The  move  was entirely expected.  Chalmers has  served as the Heat's starting
 point  guard in each of the past two seasons, both of which resulted in league
 titles,  and is  slated to  earn an  affordable $4  million in  2013-14 before
 becoming an unrestricted free agent.
 
 Chalmers has spent his entire five-year career with the Heat, who acquired the
 Kansas  product in  a draft-night trade with Minnesota after being selected in
 the  second  round (34th  overall) in  2008. The  27-year-old has averaged 8.4
 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists while starting 273 out of 366 games.
 
 He  made 77  starts during the 2012-13 regular season and averaged 8.6 points,
 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Chalmers also ranked 25th in the NBA
 with  a 40.9 shooting percentage from 3-point range this past season, and tied
 a club record by making 10 treys in a win at Sacramento on Jan. 12.
 
 
 
 
 
 06/26 17:54:14 ET