Mar 28, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts (11) drives under Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) in the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Riley Talks About New Additions, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger

The first two free agent signings for the Miami Heat this summer were Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. Both of them agreed to multiple year contracts before LeBron James decided to go back to Cleveland.

In a teleconference Wednesday, Pat Riley said that neither of them tried to back out when learning about James’ decision.

Riley talked more about what both McRoberts and Granger can bring to the Heat next season.

On McRoberts:

“I think he flew under the radar a little bit, because last year was a breakthrough year for him. . . . The fact that he led all of stretch fours in assists and also assist-to-turnover ratio, he’s not a turnover guy. . . . He’s an athletic guy. He’s sort of a younger Chris Andersen who can do a few more things.”

And Granger:

“I’ve been through this before with players who have had injuries and came back and have had setbacks. And it takes some time. . . . I like him. I’ve always liked him as a player. He’s a swing player. He can play the four-spot. . . . So I felt it was low risk, high reward.”

Both of the new additions are versatile, both in regards to their ability to do different things and to play multiple positions. McRoberts, for example, will mostly play the 4 spot, but Erik Spoelstra could also move him to the 3 for large lineups (a big lineup of McRoberts, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen, maybe?) or even the 5 to duplicate what Bosh can do on offense.

Granger is your typical swing man, playing the 2 and 3. Spoelstra, though, will likely play Granger a little at power forward, too, the way he played Rashard Lewis and Shane Battier.

Granger is signed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal while McRoberts signed a four-year $22.6 million contract.

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