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Miami Heat president Pat Riley is like that desperate mouse in the house trying to find that last piece of cheese before it's too late. Monday, he acquired two more players in hopes of luring LeBron James back to South Beach.
McRoberts is a seven-year veteran who’s already played on five different teams (POR, IND, LAL, ORL, CHA). He is a nice versatile big man that has averaged 5.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG in his career, according to Basketball-Reference. He is not a huge scorer, but does pass the ball better than any other big in the game today, which could interest James.
Right off the bat, it seems to be a high annual salary (a little under $8 million per year) if the plans are to re-sign both Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Many reports today already have Bosh landing in Houston, so this could be a “damage control” signing by Riley.
The other addition Riley made today was an agreement with Danny Granger to a two-year, $4.2 million deal. The former Indiana Pacer started to emerge as a superstar during the 2008 season (averaging over 25 PPG), but since 2012 he’s endured critical injuries making it impossible to even get on the court.) The signing is a low-risk, high-reward proposition.
With the rumors that James might be looking towards Cleveland now, Riley is now finally on his “last-stand.” Will these two signings be enough? Stay tuned.