Josh McRoberts agrees to mid-level deal with the Miami Heat

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Forward Josh McRoberts, a coveted free agent for many teams, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Miami Heat today.

Many reports, such as those from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Yahoo’s Marc Spears and more, peg the to-be-signed deal as the full midlevel exception for four years. The total potential value of the deal is $23 million. McRoberts will hold a player option after year three.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Charlotte had increased its offer up to the midlevel to retain McRoberts. The Cavaliers were one of many teams previously said to be interested, too.

McRoberts, a 6-foot-10 veteran, had a career season for the Bobcats. In starting 78 games, the 27-year-old averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.3 minutes. His assist numbers are among the best for any big man in the league. He had a decent three-point shooting season too, making 36.1% of his 291 attempts. His defense is a question, but his offensive game obviously was coveted in the open market.

Assuming that this deal is indeed the entire midlevel exception, Miami still has the biannual exception at its disposal. Currently, their books are filled with the cap holds for LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, all free agents. James’ desire for a max contract, and the need to potentially still pay major deals to Bosh and Wade, had Miami limited in its free agency hopes.

  • maxfnmloans

    out of curiosity, who is to say that Bosh can’t leave Miami, and LeBron cant stay? Why are so many people assuming it’s all or nothing? How did I get sucked into this?

  • simond

    ummm McRoberts elbowed James in the throat during the playoffs

  • Pat Leonard

    Because if Bosh leaves Miami, the Heat are no longer title contenders. They have no assets to go get Kevin Love. Melo has narrowed his choices to Chicago, LA, and the NY Knicks. Pau Gasol is looking at OKC. Neither of those guys wants to take less than the max like they’d need to do in Miami.

  • woofersus

    It’s certainly possible, but I can’t see Lebron going back to that roster sans Bosh. How do they get better than last year going that route? I think that’s really the linchpin. If James things they can be better than last year, he goes back. If he thinks they’re at a dead end, he’s out of there.

    That’s ultimately why he left Cleveland in the first place. Aging roster that wasn’t good enough, poor cap position, few youngsters, few picks, few assets in general. We could have made moves, but it didn’t look like it was going to get much better without blowing it up a little bit.

  • Horace

    Miami’s offseason: Mcroberts is meh, granger is crap, shabazz is a rookie, and who the heck is ennis?

    Seriously, if these 4 guys are what gets Lebron to return to Miami, then he was never going to leave.

  • Natedawg86

    Would you rather make 88M for 4 years and be in the top 4 teams in the conference and have a shot in the playoffs, or make 64M for 4 yrs and be one of the top 2 in the conference. Sounds like a no brainer for me.

  • BenRM

    As much NBA as I watch, I had to look up this guy.

  • Pat Leonard

    I would no doubt go with the Rockets. I don’t know what Bosh is doing. He has a chance to team up with a star player who is the early part of his prime and another star player who still has a few more good years left before his back totally quits on him, plus a great supporting cast. I get that Miami is in “The Crappy East”, but the conference is improving and won’t stay that way forever. Houston seems like a much better place for him than Miami… I guess Bosh is just a really loyal guy.

  • Pat Leonard

    I can’t blame you for not knowing McBob. He really wasn’t a guy who deserved to be known until this season.