Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) answers questions during a press conference after the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. The Heat beat the Spurs 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: LeBron James won't be impressed by Heat signing McRoberts, Granger

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While there was a belief that the Miami Heat’s signings of Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger would help the team’s chances of enticing LeBron James to re-sign, a friend of LeBron’s says that isn’t the case, according to Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick.

Skolnick’s source suggested that Miami would be in a better position if they had simply maintained the NBA-record $55 million in cap space they possessed prior to the moves.

This isn’t particularly surprising. Miami was pursuing high-profile free agents, such as Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng and Pau Gasol. Those are the type of big-name players that one figures would impress King James.

Because of the financials of their two deals, Miami has all but eliminated themselves from adding one of those three players.    The Heat signed McRoberts on a deal worth $23 million throughout the next four years and Granger on a deal worth $4.2 million during the next two seasons.

Miami is clearly hoping that they can prove to James that Granger and McRoberts will be a big additions going forward. McRoberts had a breakout season last year, averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists with the Charlotte Hornets. While Granger averaged just 8.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting in 2013-14 with the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, Miami will likely make sure to remind James that Granger is only a few seasons removed from being an all-star

Still, the Heat’s signings of McRoberts and Granger were certainly interesting, given each of the player’s connection to LeBron.

McRoberts was fined $200,000 during the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals for putting a forearm to LeBron’s throat. As for Granger, he and James got into multiple shoving matches during the 2012 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

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