Josh McRoberts will join the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year contract, reports Yahoo! Sports. The deal will use the Lakers' mini mid-level exception, worth $6.1 million for the two seasons. (The Lakers had only the mini mid-level to work with on account of being well over the luxury tax threshold, even after the salary camp dump that was the Lamar Odom trade.)
The Lakers lost Odom in that trade after a trade for Chris Paul that wouldn't sent the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to the New Orleans Hornets fell apart. Odom backed up Pau Gasol at power forward and has over the years played plenty of small forward; McRoberts will be useful only at power forward and, in a real pinch, center.
McRoberts averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds per game last season in 22 minutes for the Indiana Pacers. A second-round pick out of Duke in 2007, he will double his career earnings in 2011-12. Kudos to him.
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