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.