Mar 22, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts (11) goes up for a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats defeated the Trail Blazers 124-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Josh McRoberts Down to Heat or Hornets

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The Josh McRoberts NBA rumors are flying, with two potential suitors making aggressive bids to secure the 6-foot-10 forward with a smooth shooting stroke. McRoberts would fit in on either the Miami Heat or the Charlotte Hornets, but will the allure of staying where he’s comfortable steer him away from a potential super team (assuming the Heat re-sign the big three)?

MIAMI’S CHANCES

One thing is obvious here — McRoberts would be much, MUCH better off staying in Charlotte if LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade go their separate ways. No offense to the Michael Beasley‘s of the world, but without those guys, Miami isn’t sniffing the playoffs — even in the Eastern Conference.

On the flip side, if those guys decide to re-up with the Heat, McRoberts would be a very good fit. The Heat are at their best when they’re slashing to the basket and kicking out to their 3-point shooters. They were nearly impossible to beat when Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis were knocking down their open jumpers and McRoberts — a 36.1 percent 3-point shooter — would fit right in.

CHARLOTTE’S CHANCES

The Hornets aren’t as imposing as the Heat (w/ stars), but they’ve got an up-and-coming team that can boast as much young talent as most other teams in the NBA. Kemba Walker is on the verge of breaking out as a star, Al Jefferson is one of the best low-post threats in the entire league and Gerald Henderson is a solid scorer.

If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller continue to develop, along with rookies Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston, the Hornets will be in good shape for years to come.

THE RISK

The problem that arises is that the Hornets are essentially holding their cap space right now. Everyone’s waiting for the LeBron dominoes to fall and when they do, someone’s going to get left out. If McRoberts waits for the Heat and the Bobcats pull their offer to go after someone else, he’ll have to hope and pray the big boys come back — or else he’ll be in basketball purgatory.

If I were McRoberts, I’d go the safe route and sign with the Hornets. He’s comfortable there, he knows the system and the coach and it’s obvious they’re taking winning seriously out there.

UPDATE: Josh McRoberts has agreed with the Heat.

 

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