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Miami Heat president Pat Riley is looking to keep LeBron James at bay in South Beach after making moves to bolster its roster.
The team has agreed to sign free agent forwards Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts in a two-year, $4.2 million and four-year, $23 million deals, respectively, according to league sources on Monday.
Aiming for the Ring
Granger will take the Heat’s biannual exception of $2.1 million and hold a player option on his second year of the contract, while McRoberts will utilize the full midlevel exception. Although there were no guarantees, both forwards accepted the offer for a chance to play with James in case he returns, and a possible contention for the NBA championship.
Granger, 31, averaged eight points and three boards for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, where he signed in late February after buying out his contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was traded to the Sixers by the Indiana Pacers, where he played eight seasons. In the 2008-2009 season, he averaged 25 points for the Pacers and was an Eastern Conference All-Star.
Meanwhile, McRoberts averaged a career-high 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc for the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats) last season. The Hornets offered the same full midlevel exception but the 27-year old, 6-foot-10 forward chose Miami, according to sources, because of the possibility to win the championship.
Riley is set to meet with James this week to discuss his future with the Heat, and he can make note of the addition of these two players.