Former Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers went down with a torn achilles this week, which the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman says is “possibly a 20-million injury.”

Because of all the injury issues the Memphis Grizzlies are dealing with, they released Chalmers to make room to add another player, nixing Rio’s Bird Rights in the process.

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“The top free-agent point guard right now in the NBA this summer was his teammate Mike Conley,” Winderman said on Hochman, Crowder and Krantz. “So if Mike Conley would’ve left Memphis and Mario would’ve had his Bird Rights, he would’ve gotten above the mid-level but because he got cut he loses his Bird Rights. He loses his team’s right to sign him above the salary cup for any amount up to the maximum… It really is a sad story.

“This was a guy who was finally gonna cash in.”

The 29-year-old Chalmers has raked in over $18 million in on-court earnings during his career.

🎙 Ira Winderman on Hochman, Crowder, and Krantz [560 WQAM]