Miami Heat adds free agents Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger
Looking to retain LeBron James in a Heat uniform, Miami added to the roster by agreeing to deals with free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.
Things appear to be falling into place for Heat president Pat Riley as his meeting with LeBron James approaches.
After striking out on several top free-agent targets, Riley and the Heat agreed to terms with two valued veterans Monday, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts. Now Riley must hope those two offseason moves, packaged with perhaps a couple more, are enough to convince James to remain in Miami. Riley is meeting with James later this week to discuss James’ future with the Heat.
Riley landed commitments from McRoberts and Granger on Monday in quick succession, and the Heat then, in a symbolic gesture, issued press releases to announce the contractual negotiations. Free agents cannot sign with teams until Thursday, and it’s rare for teams to officially announce their non-binding agreements with players. The message was clear amid the confusing swirl of free-agency madness that has gripped the league in the last few days: the Heat wants to put all rumors to rest.
On Monday, there were plenty, including one report that Chris Bosh was considering an offer from the Houston Rockets. Bosh’s agent, Henry Thomas, who also represents Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, declined to comment on the speculation. According to the ESPN.com report, Bosh was only considering Houston’s offer after speaking with James, who apparently gave no indication he would be staying in Miami.
Houston reportedly offered Bosh a max contract worth around $88 million for four years on Monday, but Bosh has said several times that he would like to remain in Miami and would even take a pay cut to do so.