Josh McRoberts has agreed to join the Miami Heat according to reports. The former Charlotte Bobcats power forward is reported to be coming in on a four-year $23million dollars. If the reports are true then McRoberts will officially join the South Beach side when the free agency moratorium ends on July 10th of this month.
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The signing of McRoberts however could be about to set off a chain reaction that sees us find out the futures of the Miami big three; LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
And it is for Bosh that the capture of McRoberts is most significant. It really does seem like bringing in the former Duke Blue Devil is basically a back up in case that Bosh decided to up and leave, which is looking more and more increasingly likely.
Lebron will probably only re-sign with Miami if Pat Riley can show him proof that they will be a better. Bringing in the likes of McRoberts and former Indiana Pacers and LA Clippers small forward Danny Granger may well be a step in the right direction for Lebron in regards to a deeper squad.
McRoberts, a 6-10 power forward out of Carmel, averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 30.3 minutes per game for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, and he chose joining the Heat over the renamed Hornets. The Heat have used their full mid-level exception on the 27-year-old.
Who knows, forcing Chris Bosh out of Florida could well be Pat Riley's plan. Bosh is undoubtedly being low-balled by Miami in the discussions about a new contract for him. And if the rumours about the Houston Rockets offering him a max contract of around $88million are true then surely he has to take them up on the offer. It would be crazy not to.
If Bosh leaves then it frees up $20million dollars of cap room. Enough to bring in Carmelo Anthony? There's so many permutations still left to play out.