Josh McRoberts, Bobcats agree to new deal

7/8/13 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe brief time Josh McRoberts spent in Charlotte last season was mutually beneficial to the extent that the two sides decided to extend that partnership with a new deal. McRoberts agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Bobcats. However, the deal is not official since free-agent signings will not be announced until July 10, according to NBA rules.
 
McRoberts will also have a player option for the final year of his deal, according to a person familiar with the situation.
 
The Bobcats initially acquired McRoberts from the Orlando Magic last season in exchange for Hakim Warrick, just hours before February’s trade deadline. McRoberts gradually worked his way into the Bobcats’ starting lineup, averaging 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 26 regular season contests with 19 starts. He also shot a career-best 50.5 percent from the field last season.
 
Now, McRoberts returns to add depth to the frontcourt, which a key area of focus in the Bobcats’ rebuilding efforts. The Bobcats signed Al Jefferson earlier this week and drafted Cody Zeller, both of whom are expected starters, to play alongside McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo in the frontcourt.
 
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound McRoberts became an instrumental piece in the Bobcats offense under former coach Mike Dunlap last season. He was able to pass well from the high post and proved to be a talent passer to take the Bobcats’ offense up a notch.
 
Before joining the Magic last August, McRoberts also spent a year with the Los Angeles Lakers, which was preceded by a three-year stint with the Pacers (2008-2011). McRoberts had arguably the best season of his career with the Pacers in 2010-11, starting 51 of 72 games to average 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
 
McRoberts was originally selected out of Duke by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA draft. The six-year veteran has career averages of 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals in his entire NBA career.
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