Quickly, in the second week of free agency, the Miami Heat are making moves to lay a better foundation for LeBron James and Chris Bosh to re-sign. Monday, they came to terms with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger to bolster the supporting cast.
This either means president Pat Riley is confident that he'll be able to retain his key free agents, James and Bosh, so he's trying to show them the goods first. It also would appear to wipe out the possibility of Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza, who is seeking a raise from his $7.7 million last season as an unrestricted free agent, from landing in South Beach as they wouldn't have the salary cap space to sign him. Of course, that would depend on other roster, moves, too.
McRoberts, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, has a four-year deal worth $23 million. The final season is an option which would make it a full mid-level exception. Granger will be signed under the bi-annual exception for two years, $4.2 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Contracts aren't signed and made official until Thursday when the new salary cap numbers are set.
The Houston Rockets have offered Bosh the max at $88 million for four years. James still has to meet with the Heat for what's expected to be a maximum contract offer.
Dwyane Wade, the other member of Miami's Big 3, opted out of his contract that would've paid him $42 million for the next two seasons but is expected to stay. He has spent his career with the franchise and only did so to take a pay cut to allow Riley to make some moves to replenish the roster.