In one fell swoop Pat Riley has finally begun retooling the Miami Heat roster in preparation of his talks with LeBron James. Yahoo and ESPN reported Monday morning that the Heat have hatched agreements with former Los Angeles Clippers small forward Danny Granger and one-time Charlotte Hornets power forward Josh McRoberts.
Free agent Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
ESPN has learned that McRoberts will receive Heat’s full midlevel for the next four years ($23 million) with a player option after Year 3 — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2014
Granger’s tenure with the Clippers was short lived. He played in just 12 regular season and 13 playoff games off the bench after signing on February 28. It was the second late-season veteran signing for Los Angeles, who had brought it Glen Davis from Orlando. Neither player made much of an impact, averaging a combined 6.4 points per game in the Clippers’ playoff run.
Granger, a former All-Star, had been bought out of his contract in Philadelphia days after being traded from Indiana in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen and was promptly courted by a number of championship contenders. Though the Clippers eventually won out with the opportunity to play for Doc Rivers and with Chris Paul, Granger considered interest from Miami, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
With the experiment deemed a failure, and a desire to make a more significant upgrade at the 3, Rivers opted to part ways with Granger and let him seek his fortune elsewhere. The signings of Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar over the weekend rubber-stamped Granger’s departure, as the moves left the Clippers with only the veteran’s minimum to offer.
Nice value for Farmar, but Clippers now at about $79M in salary while hard capped at $81M. Barring further moves, can afford 2 min salaries.
— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) July 6, 2014
The Clippers currently have 11 players on the roster and will be looking to make that wing upgrade through a sign-and-trade. They have repeatedly and unsuccessfully dangled Jared Dudley and Matt Barnes in various combinations with Reggie Bullock and/or Jamal Crawford in hopes of luring Paul Pierce, Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza away from their current teams and other suitors.