We still don't know what LeBron James will do this week, but the Miami Heat have made their push to put a team around him and co-stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The have come to terms with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.
No guarantees made, but Danny Granger/Josh McRoberts committed to Heat w/ strong belief LeBron James will be a teammate, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
The news here is that both are under the impression that they will be joined by LeBron James. McRoberts accepted the full mid-level exception, and Danny Granger the bi-annual exception. This means that the Heat are hardcapped, and cannot spend more than $81 million. They are operating as though James, Bosh, Wade, and perhaps Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, and Shabazz Napier will put them over the cap.
They might have a trade exception to take back about $ 2 million in salary. I haven't been able to confirm that. Outside of this, they can sign players to the veteran's minimum. That's it.
Josh McRoberts is coming off a great year in Charlotte, but Danny Granger hasn't been productive in years. The Heat were said to be looking for someone to lessen the load on James, and Pat Riley likely hopes that Granger will be up to this task. McRoberts passing and shooting should fit well with what Miami wants to do.
So now it's up to LeBron James. The Heat might still make one more move before meeting with James later this week to try and convince him that Miami is the place he should be. Will it work? Time will tell.