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Report: Heat Need Added Trade Partner to Move McRoberts
Thursday, June 30
According to Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald, the Heat are attempting to trade McRoberts with the following caveat:
The 29-year-old Duke alumnus averaged just 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 42 contests last season, as a knee ailment cost him a large chunk of the year.
Prior to signing with the Heat, McRoberts spent 2013-14 with the then-Charlotte Bobcats and had a career season with 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in 78 starts.
The 2007 second-round pick was expected to be a key bench contributor in Miami, but injuries have limited him to just 59 games played in two seasons.
Per Spotrac.com, McRoberts still has two years and nearly $12 million remaining on his contract, which could make him a tough sell considering his inability to stay healthy.
Keeping McRoberts would give the Heat an insurance policy of sorts in case Chris Bosh's blood clot issue persists, but clearing his salary may be even more beneficial in terms of re-signing center Hassan Whiteside and making a run at prized free agent Kevin Durant.
McRoberts hasn't been anywhere near the player Miami envisioned when it signed him, but since he could be had at a bargain-basement price in all likelihood, a team in need of frontcourt depth may consider him worth the risk.
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