Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts (11) reacts against the Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McRoberts Verbally Commits To The Miami Heat


While the world waits for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make their respective free agency decisions, the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets were caught in a bidding war over Josh McRoberts. Now, in what might be the biggest signing of the summer, McRoberts has verbally committed to joining the Heat as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski originally reported that the the Heat were aggressively pursuing McRoberts, an unrestricted free agent, at the mid-level exception. McRoberts’ deal will be for four years and $23 million, with a player option after the third year.

After missing out on Kyle Lowry and giving up on the Carmelo Anthony pipe dream, McRoberts emerged of one of many candidates Pat Riley and the Heat were interested in. A versatile wing defender and excellent passer, McRoberts had a career year with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range. He also baptized the Birdman Chris Andersen.

The Charlotte Hornets didn’t let McRoberts go without a fight, however. According to Stein, Michael Jordan‘s team made re-signing McBob one of their top offseason priorities given Miami’s interest. Unfortunately for the Hornets, it wasn’t quite enough.

The Heat and Hornets were both looking at signing Josh McRoberts as a mid-level exception option, per Woj. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was able to use McRoberts effectively last season and the Hornets are looking like a much-improved team in a weak Eastern Conference after adding Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston to a roster that already included Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker.

The Heat are looking to retool in order to keep LeBron James and Chris Bosh with Dwyane Wade in Miami, although signing even a versatile and talented player like McRoberts is an interesting concept given what happened the last time he and LeBron were on the court together:

McRoberts would’ve been great on either of these teams, so it’s hard to fault McRoberts for taking Miami up on their offer. It’s difficult to tell whether this kind of free agency signing will have any impact on LeBron’s decision. McBob is a good role player and Riley finally has a free agency signing to present to the world’s greatest player, but it’s hard to say whether or not Josh McRoberts is the piece that keeps the King in Miami.

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  • Aj Walkin

    Please take a moment to admire the great LeBron for the special talent he is. It never gets old looking at the King’s history. So many accomplishments Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan will never achieve:

    1.Only player in nba history to quit because of air conditioner
    2.Quit on his team the year after he promises a championship
    3.Dunked on by a highschool kid and then confiscate tape
    4.Bail on the dunk contest 9 times
    5.Only able to win a ring with 2 superstars
    6.play on same team as his moms boyfriend
    7.Average 1.8 pts in the 4th quarter of NBA finals.
    8.Lose not 1, not 2, but 3 times in the Finals.
    9.Host a national televised TV show to leave his team
    10.Go 2 for 18 in an NBA playoff game.
    11.Get stuffed by a player under 6 feet (Nate Robinson)
    12.Flop every single game in the playoffs
    13.Choke 4 out of 5 finals games by dropping FG% by 18
    14.0 Rings if not for refs calling early fouls on Durant and Westbrook it threw them out of rhythm, made them play soft and sit for big parts of the game which changed the flow and momentum of the finals.
    15. bronze 2004 and 2006

    • http://HonkasaloAnalytics.com Mika Honkasalo

      I don’t particularly dislike James but this made me ROFL