Mar 5, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts (11) drives to the basket during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McRoberts won't back out of deal with Miami Heat


It’s not exactly a secret that when Pat Riley and the Miami Heat pitched Josh McRoberts on joining the team, they gave the power forward the impression he would be playing with LeBron James in South Beach. While McRoberts ultimately came up with a verbal agreement to join the Heat, James didn’t follow suit, instead opting to join the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer.

Following LeBron’s announcement, there was some speculation that McRoberts might back out of his deal with the Heat, as he was sold on playing with a roster that ultimately won’t be in place.

However, McRoberts’ agent made it clear Saturday that the 27-year-old will honor the four year, $23 million contract with Miami.

Even without LeBron, the Heat represent a great destination for McRoberts. With Chris Bosh re-signing and Dwyane Wade expected to do so at any moment, McRoberts will get to be a key contributor on a playoff team.

Furthermore, McRoberts gets to live in Miami, one of the better NBA cities, and is on a team run by Riley, who is regarded as one of the best basketball minds out there. At the end of the day, he still has to be pleased with his choice.

McRoberts averaged 8.5 points (43.6 percent shooting from the floor and 36.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc), 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season with the Charlotte Hornets.

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  • Da_Neutral_Observer

    It’s still a win-win for Josh and Miami. Now if they re-sign Wade, who’s camp already indicates they expect and accept a pay cut, the Heat have the cash to look more to the future. They’re still in better shape than similar teams with high fan expectations (i.e. L.A. Lakers). Wade didn’t even play college ball in Chicago, so I think his Miami roots will keep him firmly planted.