Report: Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger agree to sign with Heat

Josh-McRoberts-BobcatsPat Riley has some work to do before he can convince LeBron James to return to the Miami Heat, and he took a step in the right direction on Monday. Free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger have reportedly agreed to sign contracts with the Heat.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Josh McRoberts has agreed to sign a four-year, $23 million deal with the Heat. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Granger will sign a two-year, $4.2 million contract.

McRoberts has bounced around the NBA since he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers out of Duke in 2007. He has averaged 5.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game throughout his career. However, McRoberts averaged a career-high 4.3 assists per game with the Charlotte Bobcats last season and was considered one of the game’s better passing big men.

LeBron is at his best when his team can play inside-out and create open looks, so some would see McRoberts as a solid compliment. Others would say he might even be insurance if Chris Bosh decides to accept that max offer the Houston Rockets have reportedly presented him with.

Granger was once one of the Indiana Pacers best players, having averaged 21.7 points per game from 2007 to 2012. However, knee and leg injuries have limited Granger to just 46 games over the past two seasons. He is a major health risk at age 31.

McRoberts and Granger are solid role players. Will they be enough to tip the scale before Riley meets with LeBron to discuss his future this week? With all the rumors swirling about James potentially returning to Cleveland, I’m not so sure.

Josh McRoberts elbows LeBron James in the throat (Video)

Josh-McRoberts-elbows-LeBronThe Charlotte Bobcats lost a tough game to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and they may have lost one of their players for Game 3 in the process. With Miami leading by three late in the fourth quarter, Josh McRoberts fouled LeBron James as he was taking the ball to the basket. And by fouled, we mean he elbowed LeBron right in the throat.

Replays made it seem obvious that McRoberts was not playing the ball, but he somehow avoided a flagrant foul. The play was not reviewed and James went on to hit one of his two free throws to help the Heat put the game away.

While McRoberts was not assessed a flagrant, the NBA can still review the play. If the league determines that McRoberts targeted LeBron above the shoulders and did not play the ball, he could be suspended for a game. That certainly looked like a dirty and dangerous play.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Josh McRoberts Ruins Pacers’ Nearly Perfect Third Quarter Against Nuggets

It was hard getting over the shock of the Miami Heat blowing a 22-point lead against the Utah Jazz when I heard another shocking piece of information: the Indiana Pacers made 20 straight shots to start the third quarter. Yup, the Pacers beat the Nuggets 144-113 on Tuesday night thanks to a record-setting performance.

Indiana came out smoking hot in the 3rd, making its first 20 shots including 13 from outside the paint. The streak wasn’t broken until Josh McRoberts bombed and missed a three pointer to end the quarter. McRoberts also missed two free throws in the quarter making matters even worse.

Mike Dunleavy actually went for 24 points in the quarter alone, making five threes. The team set a franchise record with 54 points scored in the quarter and were five points away from setting the NBA record for most points in a quarter.

Coach Jim O’Brien said their hot quarter was about as much fun as you could have on a basketball court. Heck yeah that is — those players haven’t ever shot that well, not even when they were on fire playing NBA Jam. Scoring 54 points in a quarter and going 20-21? That’s just silly.

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