The Miami Heat were said to be in a battle with the Charlotte Hornets in effort to sign veteran Josh McRoberts. Both were said to be offering contracts and in recent days, the Hornets allegedly even increased their offer. However, the lure of South Beach was apparently too great as according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Josh McRoberts has verbally committed to sign a contract with the Miami Heat.
McRoberts had drawn interest from a handful of teams this offseason, including the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Heat provided far too great of an opportunity for the former Duke talent.
Of course, McRoberts seemingly made this decision without knowing of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would be returning, or it’s completely possible he knows something we don’t. Regardless, it appears as if he’ll be the first big free agent signing of the Miami Heat’s offseason.
ESPN learned that Josh McRoberts has verbally committed to sign with the Miami Heat
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2014
According to Stein, Josh McRoberts will receive a figure near the Miami Heat’s full mid-level exception which will pay him $23 million dollars over the course of four years. Such a deal was likely similar to the one being offered by McRoberts’ former team, the Charlotte Hornets. In addition, the new Heat contract will offer a player option after the third season in case he wants to opt-out for any reason.
It’s probably not the type of move LeBron James was hoping for when he informed the Miami Heat that he wanted an improved roster before he committed to re-sign, though McRoberts has proven himself to be a solid NBA talent.
He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes per game.