This was not set up as an audition, but it has opened eyes to the possibilities.

When Mario Chalmers is able to return from his Achilles tendinitis, likely in Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, Norris Cole will resume his career role as a backup point guard.

But with Chalmers an impending free agent next summer after playing at $4 million this season, and with Cole already on next season's books at $2 million, there certainly could be plenty in play when it comes to the Miami Heat's hard-against-the-tax position.

For now, in what has essentially been a three-game tryout as Chalmers has rested, Cole has eloquently stated his case, including his 18-point, seven-assists performance in a staggering 52 minutes in Friday's double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

"He gets better each month," said coach Erik Spoelstra, who gave his exhausted team Saturday and Sunday off, with practice to resume Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.