On a wild and woolly first day of the 2011 NBA free agency period, a few teams kept their own players on small deals.
FOXSports.com's Chris Tomasson reports that the Miami Heat re-signed restricted free agent Mario Chalmers to a three-year deal worth $12 million. Chalmers was the team's best point guard in the playoffs last season, but that's not saying much. But instead of letting Chalmers test the market, Miami locked him up quickly.
Daequan Cook will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-year, $7.5 million, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman instead pegged the number at $6.5 million over two seasons. Cook is used sparingly by Thunder coach Scott Brooks, but he's one of the best shooters in the league.
Spears also reports that the Indiana Pacers will retain big man Jeff Foster on a one-year contract. Foster is an expert rebounder and defensive roleplayer who had drawn some interest around the league. This will be Foster's 13th season with the Pacers.