Josh McRoberts, NBA Free Agent, Commits To Miami Heat
Josh McRoberts, one of the NBA free agents that was looking for a new team, has found a new home in Miami with the Heat.
Josh McRoberts To Sign With Heat
McRoberts’ deal with the Heat is for four years and worth an estimated $23 million. The full midlevel exception also gives McRoberts, a power forward, the option of returning to free agency before the fourth season of his contract.
"From Coach [Spoelstra] to [Heat executive] Andy Elisburg to Pat [Riley] to ownership, they were all really excited about Josh," agent Mike Conley of BDA Sports told ESPN. "They all met with Josh, came out from day one with their offer and made it clear to us that Josh is who they want”
"It was probably the toughest decision he's ever had to make, but it could be a once-in-a-career opportunity for Josh to join a great team with a great player,” Conley added. “They're looking at Josh coming in and being a major factor."
McRoberts is a major acquisition for Miami, which is looking to convince LeBron James to return to the team by offering him some new teammates who can help him take the team to another NBA championship win. Other free agents Pat Riley and the Heat have been looking at are Pau Gasol, Luol Deng, Marvin Williams and Anthony Morrow.
James announced that he would be opting out of his contract with the Heat and pursuing free agency last month. By opting out of the contract, it was believed that James was hoping to keep his options open and to have more leverage in negotiations with Heat ownership to build up the squad’s roster.
McRoberts last played for the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season.