The defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat are attempting to retool their roster in hopes of keeping superstar LeBron James, and on Monday afternoon they made two moves that that they believe could help bolster their roster. However to the dislike of the fans of the hometown Pacers, it came at the cost of putting one of their favorite players in the black and red jerseys.
News broke across Twitter Monday afternoon that two former Indiana Pacers, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, are among the newest additions to the squad that eliminated the Pacers the last three seasons. First it was McRoberts, who spent the last season and a half playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, signing with the Heat for a reported $23 million dollars over four seasons with a player-option on the last season.
The 27-year old McRoberts was rumored to be chased hard by up to nine teams this off-season, who averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and is believed to be an above-average passer that could play as a stretch-four forward. It is said that many among the league love the style of play that the graduate of Carmel High School can bring to any team.
No word yet on how the addition of McRoberts will effect Miami’s pursuit of Chris Bosh, who plays a similar role for the Heat.
Among the Heat’s signings on Monday was also former Indiana Pacer and fan-favorite Danny Granger. It was just this past season that Granger, who was limited in his role this season due to ongoing knee problems, was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers from the Pacers on the day of the trading deadline as part of the deal that brought Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the blue and gold. Granger would eventually go play for the Los Angeles Clippers, and averaged 20.7 minutes over 41 games, averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Granger’s deal with the Heat will be for two-years, $4.2 million, which could be a steal if Granger can return to any shape of his old form. Granger was a former All-Star for the Pacers, and was part of the organization for over eight seasons.