Mario Chalmers is returning to the Miami Heat on a two-year contract, according to a report by ESPN.
The guard was an unrestricted free-agent and was considered unlikely to return until LeBron James made the decision to return to Cleveland.
With more money available and a need for talented players on the team, the Heat moved quickly to secure Chalmers' services. Terms of the the deal were not disclosed as of yet.
Chalmers himself took to Twitter to confirm the report:
Proud to say I'm back wit the heat. Heat nation we still here
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) July 13, 2014
Chalmers is set to remain the starting point guard for the Heat leaving Norris Cole and newly drafted Shabazz Napier on the bench as depth. Cole should see the bulk of reserve minutes with Napier more of a project for the future.
The Heat have been in the process of reshaping the roster and have already added Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Luol Deng in recent days. The Deng signing was reported earlier on Sunday and was also a two-year deal.
In addition to the new names, the Heat have also brought back Chris Bosh and are expected to re-sign Dwyane Wade as well.
Barring further changes, the Heat starting five should be Chalmers, Bosh, Wade, McRoberts and Deng to begin the 2014-15 season.