One of the Charlotte Hornets’ top priorities this off-season was to re-sign Josh McRoberts.
Well, so much for that.
It has been reported that the Miami Heat have agreed to sign Josh McRoberts to a contract:
Josh McRobert's contract with the Heat is for 4 years, $23 million. (via @ESPNSteinLine)
— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) July 7, 2014
This is an interesting move from the Miami Heat. Josh McRoberts is a great player, but he isn’t the big name LeBron James is looking for. I might be wrong about that, but that’s just my take on it. McRoberts is a great fit with Miami, especially after the retirement of Shane Battier. Josh can spread the floor with his 3-point shot, and that is Miami Heat basketball.
On the Charlotte Hornets side of things, this has some positives and negatives. Positive is that with Josh McRoberts gone, it will give the rookie Noah Vonleh more time to play, and possibly even start. Vonleh’s main competition for the starting job will be Cody Zeller.
Negatives are that more pressure is on Noah Vonleh to perform right away. If McRoberts had stayed, it would’ve given Vonleh more time to develop as a player, and ease his way into the NBA. Another negative is that Josh McRoberts was a big part of the Charlotte Bobcats last year, it will be tougher to replace him than most think. He helped space the floor for Steve Clifford’s team last year, and was a fan-favorite.
As the season went on last year, Bobcats fans started to like McRoberts more and more. He brought a lot of energy to the team, and was a big part of the Bobcats success last year. Josh McRoberts will be missed in Charlotte.
When I first heard that McRoberts had signed with the Miami Heat, this thought came to my mind:
LeBron James and Chris Bosh are leaving South Beach.
Yes, bold prediction, but that’s my take on this. LeBron James is headed to Cleveland, and Chris Bosh is headed to Houston. Write it down, come talk to me in the next week or so when it becomes official.
Back to the Charlotte Hornets side of things, should the Hornets have offered McRoberts more money? Or was it the right thing to let him walk? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!
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