The Miami Heat reached contract agreements Monday with forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, their first free-agent commitments before LeBron James meets this week with team president Pat Riley.
Riley said in separate statements that the Heat intend to sign McRoberts and Granger to contracts on July 10, when the NBA's moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. McRoberts, 27, will get about $23 million over four seasons, ESPN reported. Granger, 31, agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.
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The Heat have been seeking to bolster their roster to entice James, a four-time NBA MVP, to return after opting out of the final two years of his contract and becoming a free agent. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all are free agents after leading the Heat to two championships and four appearances in the NBA Finals over the past four years.
The 6-foot-10 McRoberts, a 2007 second-round draft pick out of Duke University, has played for five teams over his first seven NBA seasons. He started all 78 games for Charlotte last season, averaging 8.5 points, 4.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds.
The 6-foot-8 Granger is a former first-round draft pick who averaged a career-high 25.8 points a game with Indiana during the 2008-09 season before playing as a backup with the Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers the past two years. He averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 41 games last season.