Josh McRoberts won’t be traded by the Miami Heat this offseason despite previous reports suggesting that the stretch-4 power forward doesn’t feature in the team’s plans for the new season.
McRoberts has two years left on the four-year, $22 million contract he signed ahead of the 2014-15 season. Since he has a player option for the 2017-18 season, McRoberts could be entering his final year with Miami.
According to the Miami Herald, the 29-year-old and his representatives have been informed that the Heat front office has no intention to trade him and views him as an integral part of the team.
“Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plans for this season, his agent said, adding Miami called to go over his offseason training and make sure everyone is on the same page,” wrote Miami beat writer Barry Jackson.
After losing Dwayne Wade to the Chicago Bulls, the Heat matched a four-year, $50 million offer sheet for Tyler Johnson before inking free agent shooting guard Dion Waiters to a two-year deal worth the mid-level exception.
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Josh McRoberts for Rudy Gay?
For several weeks, it’s been reported that the Heat and Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay have mutual interest in an alliance. The Kings have been actively shopping Gay but are yet to find a suitable trade offer.
If the Heat were to land Gay, McRoberts would have to be one of the players that would be included as part of the trade package. Since the likes of Wayne Ellington and Johnson, who signed new contracts this offseason, can’t be moved until December 15, the Heat has only one realistic trade chip for Gay and that’s McRoberts.
However, the latest report suggests that Miami views McRoberts as a critical part of their plans and a possible starter alongside Hassan Whiteside. Since the Heat lost Luol Deng to free agency and are unsure of Chris Bosh’s status, McRoberts is the only other option to start at power forward.
Josh McRoberts has played only 59 games through the last two seasons due to a series of injuries.