MIAMI ( – The Miami Heat took the first step Wednesday towards solidifying the team, just days after losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Heat announced that they have given point guard Mario Chalmers a qualifying offer which makes him a restricted free agent. That means the Heat can match any free agent contract he may receive from another team.

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Chalmers came on strong in the playoffs as a sparkplug off the bench. He played well defensively throughout the season. His biggest playoff game came in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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Chalmers was inserted into the starting lineup to try and match the quickness of J.J. Barea of the Mavs. Chalmers scored 18 points, 7 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds in Game 6.

For his career, Chalmers has averaged 8 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.45 steals per game. He’s a career 35 percent shooter from behind the three point line.

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In the postseason, Chalmers averaged 8.1 points, 2.7 assists, and 2 rebounds per game.