Charlotte free agent Josh McRoberts has become a serious candidate to be signed by the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. That would be the first step for Heat president Pat Riley in showing LeBron James that Miami is doing everything to refurbish the roster around the Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
McRoberts averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for the Bobcats -- now the Hornets -- this past season. The starting power forward fit well playing with center Al Jefferson, shooting 36 percent from three-point range. With the Heat, McRoberts could fit alongside James and Bosh in the starting lineup of come off the bench to aide an underpowered unit that's in need of a major reboot.
The only downside for the Heat is that McRoberts might take up the team's entire mid-level exception, as Grantland's Zach Lowe stated. McRoberts would be perhaps the big offseason signing for Miami, and that could be viewed as a disappointment after Riley and Co. failed to nab free agents Marcin Gortat and Kyle Lowry, both of whom returned to their former clubs.