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NBA’s Heat Reach Agreement With McRoberts Before James

Josh McRoberts, then with the Charlotte Bobcats, goes up for a dunk against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 2014. Photographer: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images
Josh McRoberts, then with the Charlotte Bobcats, goes up for a dunk against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 2014. Photographer: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley will go into talks with LeBron James this week having sealed free-agent agreements with forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

The Heat have been seeking to bolster their roster to entice James to return after the four-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player opted out of the final two years of his contract. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all are free agents after leading the Heat to two championships in four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.

Riley said in separate statements yesterday 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.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net Jay Beberman

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