Report: Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers ‘available for nothing’

The luxury tax looms for the Miami Heat, and the team is reportedly investigating all possible avenues to get out from under the tax.

The problem isn't the tax itself for the Heat; instead, it's that the penalties for repeatedly being in the luxury tax get harsher and harsher the more times in a row that a team surpasses the tax apron. And that's where Miami finds itself, in real danger of having to pay the luxury tax for four times in five seasons and invoking the repeater penalties as a result.

With that in mind, Grantland's Zach Lowe reports that not only are Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen on the trading block, but they can be had for literally nothing in return as the Heat attempt to clear salary. As Lowe writes:

"Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen are available for nothing, per several league sources, and the Heat have even put out Shabazz Napier feelers with an eye on carving out extra cap room next summer."

Lowe reports that the Heat currently stand about $13 million over the tax line for next season. Andersen and Chalmers will make a combined $9.3 million in 2015-16.

(h/t Grantland)

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