Showtime - Josh McRoberts
903 national champions Dec 14, 12:37 a.m.
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh McRoberts, according to a league source.
McRoberts will sign a two-year deal worth approximately $6 million, according to the source.
McRoberts, 24, averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game while shooting 54.7 percent from the floor for Indiana last season. He has career averages of 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.7 minutes per game while shooting 52.5 percent in four seasons with Indiana and Portland.
The signing is a far cry from the "big deal" that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team is pursuing, but it does address the need for frontcourt depth that became apparent when L.A. traded Lamar Odom to Dallas and opted against re-signing free agent big men Theo Ratliff and Joe Smith.
The Lakers' frontcourt void became even wider when second-year big man Derrick Caracter suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee at Monday's practice. At 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, McRoberts can play both the power forward and the center position.
The Lakers made use of their mini mid-level exception to sign McRoberts, a former Duke standout. A new provision in the recently ratified collective bargaining agreement, the mini mid-level is worth approximately $3.1 million a season (or $9.4 million over three years). It is the only contract available for NBA teams that have crossed the luxury tax threshold to offer to free agents, other than signing them to a veteran's minimum salary.
statedooksuck Dec 14, 5:23 a.m.
In other words, the Lakers had no one, and McRoberts was the cheapest big body they could quickly sign.
kennywalters Dec 14, 6:51 a.m.
With Hansbrough's improved play last year, Indiana had no reason to keep McRoberts. Funny that this excites you when the most excited Duke fans I know have ever been about McRoberts was when he decided to leave Durham.
sportznut628 Dec 14, 7:06 a.m.
The signing is a far cry from the "big deal" that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team is pursuing
903 national champions Dec 14, 8:35 a.m.
Not true. Sean May would've signed for a dozen Big Macs, but McBob at $6M was a better value.
903 national champions Dec 14, 8:36 a.m.
The Pacers are so excited with Hansbrough, they went out and signed David West.
Which Duke fans do you know? The ones that love it when UNC fans falsely claim Duke doesn't produce NBA players?
kato_karma Dec 14, 8:54 a.m.
A dependable vet to spell Psycho T and Hibbert.
bpayne812-take two Dec 14, 8:59 a.m.
He knows this one, and I was happy when McBob left Duke. He was good at one thing.....dunking.
jrj6950 Dec 14, 9:00 a.m.
Don't forget that atrocious sky hook he used to do also.
bpayne812-take two Dec 14, 9:07 a.m.
oh, I don't....and I also don't forget his mom, the best McRobert to look at during the games.
yurnodiffrent Dec 14, 5:02 p.m.
"The former Duke standout". Oh, mercy. Well, he certainly "stood out".
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