It's only the beginning of July, but the NBA offseason has already been a busy one thus far.
Between the 2014 NBA draft, the start of the free-agency period and the NBA Summer League officially kicking off, franchises have a lot to keep up with this time of year.
In an already frenzied free-agency period that has seen several pieces fall into place, some of the biggest news has come from two teams down south. Between the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat, news is coming out just about every day.
One player, Josh McRoberts, is now tied to both franchises after agreeing to sign with the Heat this offseason. With the summer barely getting underway, here's a look at the latest news from around the league.
Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts Will Sign with Miami Heat
After falling just short of a third straight NBA championship during the 2013-14 season, the Heat are regrouping and adding more talent.
Though they might not be superstars in the league, both Danny Granger and McRoberts might be huge pieces to the puzzle. Now the two have agreed to sign with Miami, as NBA.com reports.
The move also had a ripple effect on the rest of the market, as Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports:
No surprise, but Miami is no longer in the mix for Marvin Williams after using MLE on Josh McRoberts. Miami had met with Williams recently.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 7, 2014
Nothing can be made official about the deal until Thursday, but the agreement gives the Heat optimism about building the team this offseason. As for McRoberts, his agent Mike Conley Sr. shared his thoughts on the agreement, telling NBA.com, "He thinks it's a chance to do some special things."
After averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds last season with Charlotte, McRoberts has a chance to contribute to a playoff contender. As for Granger, the small forward has averaged 17.4 points during his career but has been mired by injuries during his career that have hampered him.
The addition of both will help the team, but keeping the core of the Big Three will be more crucial. While the news has been mixed so far for all three, bringing in two more pieces might help the process for Miami.
P.J. Hairston Scheduled for Court Appearance
The summer of P.J. Hairston, Part Two, has officially begun.
After a rough offseason last year that led to him ending his career early with North Carolina, Hairston seemed to have his life back on track. The Hornets thought the same thing, but he's already involved in legal troubles just a few weeks after he was drafted by the team in the first round.
While the incident has been ruled as a "minor altercation" with a high school player at the Durham YMCA, NBA.com notes that Hairston is scheduled to appear in Durham County Court next month on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery. Hairston also released a statement, per Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer:
Statement from PJ Hairston pic.twitter.com/jaxOEMg9sf— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 7, 2014
Though Hairston might have been sincere in his apology to the franchise, Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer was not quite convinced:
Beginning to think PJ Hairston might be able to get a patent on the phrase "I want to apologize to ... "— Caulton Tudor (@CaultonTudor) July 7, 2014
The court of public opinion might be split on Hairston at this point, but his legal troubles clearly haven't gone away at this point. Charges could still be dismissed for Hairston, but it's simply not a great start to his NBA career after the franchise took a chance on him.
Shabazz Napier Having Up-and-Down Summer League
The pressure of keeping LeBron James in Miami apparently got to Shabazz Napier in the first game of the Summer League. During the second contest, he put on a much more impressive showing.
James' favorite player in the 2014 draft was taken by the Heat in the first round and has been touted as one of the team's pieces to potentially bring back the superstar. But the former UConn star got off to a rough start to his NBA career, as NBA on ESPN notes:
Celtics beat the Heat, as first-round picks Marcus Smart and Shabazz Napier got off to rough summer league starts. pic.twitter.com/Qyzmbz8yeW— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 5, 2014
Then came the second game of the Summer League. That was when the true Napier shined through.
Rather than allowing the poor start to linger, Napier shared his thoughts on what he took away from the first game, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
"That first game helped a lot," Napier said. "Every game, I'm learning something new."
Napier led the Heat Summer League team to a 110-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets and did much more than just rebound from the rough start. It was a huge turnaround for Napier, who won Rookie of the Day, per NBA.com:
The learning curve is typically steep for any rookie coming into the league, so rough days will likely continue for Napier. After being the star for UConn, he still has a bright career ahead of him with the Heat.
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