MIAMI--Things appear to be falling into place for Pat Riley as his meeting with Miami Heat free agent LeBron James approaches.
After striking out on several of the league's top free agents, the Heat reportedly has added two free agents who should help convince James to remain in Miami. The Heat lured power forward Josh McRoberts away from the Charlotte Hornets, the Herald confirmed Monday. McRoberts' deal would be for four years, $23 million with a player option for the final year of the contract, according to a report by ESPN.
Minutes after news broke that McRoberts was headed to Miami, a report linked former Pacers and Clippers forward Danny Granger with the Heat. Yahoo! Sports reported the deal between the Heat and Granger at two years, $4.2 million. That would indicate that the Heat is using its bi-annual exception on Granger.
Free agents cannot sign until Thursday.
McRoberts, 27, delivered a solid performance against the Heat in Charlotte's first-round playoff series this past season, averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games. He was considered a villain by Heat fans for his hard foul on James in Game 2 (he was fined $20,000).
McRoberts averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season and shot 36 percent from three-point range. The Heat will be the seventh NBA team for the former Duke standout, who also played with the Blazers, Pacers, Lakers, Raptors and Magic before joining the Hornets.
Granger, a former Heat nemesis with the Pacers, was traded last season by Indiana to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner, a move some said disrupted the Pacers' chemistry. Granger, 31, played 12 regular-season games for the Clippers after being released by the 76ers and averaged 8 points and 2.3 rebounds.
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