With only first round draft pick Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole under contract for the 2014-15 season, the Miami Heat face a tall task to convince LeBron James and another star or two to re-sign/sign in South Beach.
In advance of a rumored face-to-face meeting between Pat Riley and James, the Heat are beginning to lock-down what they must believe to be attractive complimentary pieces to play alongside LeBron and Co.
First, the Heat landed Josh McRoberts with the full mid-level exception, which is a four-year deal. It also sounds like he’ll be able to opt-out after the second year. Less than an hour later, word came down that Miami is on the verge of inking Danny Granger to a two-year, $4.2 million deal, presumably to fill what was previously Rashard Lewis‘ role off the bench.
McRoberts makes sense from a purely basketball-playing standpoint, but four-years seems to be a bit much. Given the whispers that Charlotte was planning a full-court press to keep him in the fold, however, it was likely what was needed to get him aboard a still LeBron-less Heat squad.
Granger is an intriguing signing, as he did not play particularly well down the stretch for the Los Angeles Clippers this year. He’s also struggled from long range over the past couple of seasons, so Miami must be confident that he can find his range and re-gain his effectiveness as a scorer.
There are also rumblings that the Dallas Mavericks are preparing an offer sheet for Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent Chandler Parsons in the event that Carmelo Anthony signs elsewhere. Of course, it’s looking more and more like Anthony will be re-signing in New York, which would trigger another host of moves as Chicago, Houston, and Dallas all move along to other targets.
As these dominoes continue to fall, Kevin Love rumors should escalate once again. Lucky us.