Mar 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger (33) walks back down the court against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 109-108. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Heat add Clips' Danny Granger, Hornets' Josh McRoberts before LeBron meeting

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.



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.

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.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets Danny Granger Doc Rivers Josh McRoberts Miami Heat

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