According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Josh McRoberts has agreed to terms with the Miami Heat on a $23 million, four year deal. After the third year, McRoberts will reportedly have a player option for the final year of the deal. What this means is that Miami has used the full mid-level exception on McRoberts over the next four years.
In what had been a quiet beginning to free-agency, things really picked up this morning as rumblings about Lebron James seriously considering Cleveland surfaced. Miami quickly went to work on getting commitments – McRoberts being the first domino, and then the reports of Danny Granger agreeing to come to Miami next season soon followed.
There’s no question that Charlotte fought hard to keep McRoberts, but in the end it appears as if the Heat’s offer was better than the Hornets, according to McRoberts agent Mike Conley Sr.
Mike Conley Sr. —
“He just labored over it because he loves Clifford.”
There is very likely a factor of McRoberts being able to chase a championship with Miami connected in this decision as well. It’s not known how much better Miami’s financial offer could have been compared to Charlotte due to the fact that both teams offered the full mid-level exception. It’s unknown as to how many years the Hornets offered, but with the log-jam that Charlotte currently has at PF it’s reasonable to believe it wasn’t four years.
Josh McRoberts has always been known as a high-riser that brings immediate energy to the floor for most of his NBA career, but all-of-a-sudden last season he found an outside shooting stroke. McRoberts shot 36% from deep last season, easily a career best, and driving up his price this summer.
The Hornets now pack up and move on from somewhat of a disappointing loss on not being able to re-sign McRoberts. The focus now surely moves towards SF Gordon Hayward, who is in Charlotte visiting today. Utah has consistently stated that they will match any offer for Hayward, so fishing him from Utah may take a sign-and-trade situation. The Hornets now have approximately $15 million to spend until they reach the salary cap + their full mid-level exception worth $5 million (in first season). So, the easy math is that the Hornets could potentially spend $20 million without penalty before free-agency ends.