Fresh off agreeing to terms with Josh McRoberts, the Miami Heat have immediately made another move, nabbing former Indiana Pacers star Danny Granger for the value of the bi-annual exception, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
The second year of the deal comes with a player option, reports David Aldridge. Granger played 29 games for the Indiana Pacers last season before being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline. After being waived by the Sixers, Granger was scooped up by the Los Angeles Clippers and ended up playing 25 games for coach Doc Rivers in both the regular season and the playoffs.
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In 41 games regular season games last year, Granger averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds after sitting out the 2012-13 campaign with a major knee injury. He shot just 37.8 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three-point range, and his production saw a major decline during the postseason as he averaged 2.6 points on 27.5 percent shooting.
Heat president Pat Riley has worked in major moves on Monday as it looked like his team's top priority, LeBron James, could be leaning toward testing the market. Agreeing to sign Granger and McRoberts could help sway James -- not to mention Chris Bosh -- toward remaining in Miami.
The Pacers fans' reactions to the news is another sub-plot to this deal. Granger was the locker room general on the Pacers squads that over the past several seasons caused trouble in postseason matches against the Heat, and it's not unlike former Boston guard Ray Allen leaving to join what were once the Celtics' Eastern Conference rivals.