Heat guard Mario Chalmers underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, but is scheduled for a full return by the start of preseason training camp, according to the team.
Chalmers had surgery on his right knee to relieve inflammation. The minor procedure lasted 20 minutes and was performed by Heat team doctor Harlan Selesnick at Doctor’s Hospital, the Heat announced in a statement. The inflammation in Chalmers’ knee began during the season, but he played through the pain while the Heat sputtered down the stretch.
"Surgery was a success, now time to rehab, start workin out," Chalmers wrote on Twitter.
Specifically, the procedure to Chalmers’ knee was to correct an inflamed Plica, which is an extension of the protective synovial capsule of the knee. The knee’s Plica can sometimes become pinched, which causes irritation or inflammation.
At 29 years old, Chalmers has remained relatively healthy throughout his career, but these concerns of Chalmers’ long-term health come as a delicate time for the Heat, which is currently in contract negotiations with Heat star shooting guard Dwyane Wade. Wade’s agent, Henry Thomas, acknowledged earlier this week that Wade would like to renegotiate his contract with the team for more long-term security. If Wade and the Heat can’t come to terms, Wade could opt out of his current deal later this summer and become a free agent. If he were to leave the team, Chalmers would be the Heat’s most tenured backcourt player.
Chalmers averaged over 10 points per game last season, but never found a steady rhythm amid the Heat’s ever-changing offense. At one point late in the season, Chalmers questioned his role on the team.