MIAMI — LeBron James has been in some heated playoff moments involving Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
Now they could be his teammates ... if the four-time NBA MVP decides to stay in Miami.
The Heat announced Monday that they intend to sign Granger, the ex-Grace King standout, and McRoberts when the NBA’s moratorium on deals being formally struck ends Thursday.
Yahoo Sports reported Granger agreed to a two-year deal, worth about $2 million annually. McRoberts agreed to a four-year deal that starts at around $5.3 million next season, said agent Mike Conley Sr., with Miami using its mid-level exception to get that contract done.
Those were the first two known moves by the Heat during the free-agent shopping period, but all eyes remain on what James is going to do and if he has worn a Miami uniform for the final time. Heat President Pat Riley is planning to meet with James later this week, in an effort to convince him to stay in Miami.
It’s unclear when the Riley-James meeting will take place. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are free agents, and none has said where he will be playing next season and beyond.
But even after going to the NBA Finals in four straight seasons, winning two championships, this was going to be an offseason of change for the Heat. Miami entered free agency with only Norris Cole under a guaranteed contract for this coming season. The Heat have a partially guaranteed deal with former LSU standout Justin Hamilton and the rights to guard Shabazz Napier, who was acquired on draft night.
So there are obviously plenty of slots to fill, and on Monday, the Heat began tipping their hand on who will get those jobs.
Granger has some playoff bad-blood history with Miami — most notably in 2012 when he was with the Indiana Pacers. The Heat said at the time Granger was instigating stars like James; the Pacers said he was just showing toughness.
Granger has been limited to 46 games in the past two regular seasons. He spent virtually his entire career to date with Indiana before going to the Los Angeles Clippers for part of last season.
McRoberts averaged 8.5 points in 78 starts for Charlotte last season. He raised Miami’s ire in the playoffs by leveling James with an elbow that some Heat players said looked intentional. McRoberts was issued only a common foul, but the NBA upgraded it to a flagrant-2 and fined him $20,000.