The Miami Heat’s big three of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and big man Chris Bosh all opted out of their contracts with the Heat to become unrestricted free agents. Although that would make any franchise nervous, the thought was the three were looking for longer deals with the Heat, perhaps at a discount, and wanted to see what kind of help the Heat could add to the roster.
On Monday, the Heat made a couple of moves. First, they agreed to a deal with Charlotte Hornets’ free agent forward Josh McRoberts that will likely pay him the mid-level exception (provided they re-sign the James, Wade and Bosh) and James was reportedly aware of the pursuit of McRoberts. Then, they agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal (which would be the bi-annual exception provided they re-sign the James, Wade and Bosh) with Danny Granger.
Both Granger and McRoberts agreed to the deals with the thought that James will re-sign with the Heat, although no guarantees were made.
However, according to Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft, those moves will not influence James’ decision.
I’m told Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts signing with Miami does not affect LeBron’s decision.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 8, 2014
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. Granger was dealt from the Indiana Pacers to the Philadelphia 76ers and then after he was waived, agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 37.8% from the field, 33.6% from three and 94.0% from the free throw line. McRoberts averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 43.6% from the field, 36.1% from beyond the arc and 72.9% from the free throw line.