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Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 3:45 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverjosh-mcroberts

The NBA's game of "power forward musical chairs" continued on Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports reports that Indiana Pacers power forward Josh McRoberts has signed a 2-year deal for $3 million per year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers, who are in the luxury tax, used their mini-Mid-Level Exception to complete the signing.

McRoberts helps fill the hole created when Lamar Odom requested a trade from the Lakers this past weekend and was promptly dealt to the Dallas Mavericks. Indiana, meanwhile, also agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent forward David West, rendering McRoberts extraneous.

Over the past few days, rumors circulated that Indiana would trade McRoberts to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard O.J. Mayo, but clearly the Duke University product found a better option.

Given Odom's departure, much will be asked of McRoberts, who brings with him a good motor and fairly solid skills. Aside from top-flight starters Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the Lakers' frontcourt is pretty barren, and McRoberts should serve as a cost-effective, reliable hole-plugger in that regard. Still, he's a massive downgrade from Odom, one of the league's most versatile and talented stretch fours.

McRoberts, 24, was a second round pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft but was traded to the Pacers on the night of the 2008 NBA Draft along with forward Brandon Rush in a deal that sent guard Jerryd Bayless to Portland. McRoberts averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Pacers in 2010-2011, both career-highs. He started 51 games for Indiana last season.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:19 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

If they dont manage to sign either Howard or Paul they are in serious trouble.  They will play well enough, but they won't contend with the powerhouse teams for the title.  The Odom deal had to be done once it became clear he was miffed about the proposed trade that Stern overruled.  He was cancer from that moment.  Personally I would have traded him somewhere other than the Mavs, but I'm not privvy to what went on behind the scenes so I'll assume they wanted to move fast and that was the best deal they could swing.  That said, they need to throw Bynum and as many picks as it takes to get Howard or Paul.  If they can trade Bynum and Gasol and a bunch of picks for BOTH Howard and Paul that would be even better.  If they could secure those two with Kobe they could afford to trade away all their draft picks for the next 3 years, and start reloading after the Lakers 3-peat (again) in 2015.


Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:20 am

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

The lakers didn't have a mid level exception which is 6 million per year for three years (there over the cap), all they had was the Mini-mid level exception, (new CBA rule) 3 million per year for 2 years. With that as all they had to work with, they did rather well. All they have now to work with is the vet's minimum, 1 million for one year.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:47 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

I wasn't saying mcroberts was the end all beat all of signings. My point is he adds some depth to a front line that sorely needs it with odom being unceremoniously dealt to the champs and with character tearing his miniscus tonight. As for Mitch he is a fair gm and the buss family sounds like he is going to be here for a for a while. It could be worse we could be the t-wolves and have David Kahn as a gm. You know the guy that thinks Ricky Rubio is an all star caliber PG.

Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:12 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Agree, Kupchack other then lucking out with Gasol has not made one move to improve the Team. He chose Blake over Ridinour who would have come cheaper and had a much better year. He let Ariza walk and then signed Artest. Ariza was a much better fit. Love Fisher but he cannot be a starting point guard any longer on a championship team. Signed Walton to a ridiculous contract and let Jordan Farmer walk.  If he didn't inherit a team that had Shaq and Kolby he would he would be another Isiah. This current team unless drastic changes are made are void of athletecism. Odom and Brown are now gone and they have noting to show for it. Team will go nowhere other then 1st round playoff loss. Time for a new GM.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:19 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Party, are you serious about ole Mitch Kupcake and his proven success.  He has done nothing truly to help that team.  Let me bring down for you homie.  Ok, Paul Gasol was a brand new gift from Jerry West at Memphis.  Before that he kept signing guys who none of them worked out, i.e. Smush Parker and Company, Steve Blake(love the guy) but is total garbage.  I can see trading Lamar for CP3, but to trade him and get nothing for him.  I bet you the neighborhood kids could do better than that .  Not a knock on Roberts, but to even think he is half of what Lamar bring is how Mike Tyson's favorite word (LUdacris).  so you need to re-evaluate that comment because maybe you do not have a clue about NBA. 

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:18 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Here's my problem with what's going on with the Lakers right now.  Before last week, they were a team built for a 2 or 3 year long run at a title with the players they had (assuming that they added some younger outside shooters like Kapono).  If Kobe is your only untouchable player, then why try and rebuild now while he's still got "legs" left and the team is still in contention?  Andrew Bynum is going to be a star in the league (provided he can stay healthy), so let him continue to develop while still competing for a title with Kobe.  Giving Lamar Odom away was a waste that made the team weaker and helped the team that knocked us out of the playoffs last year.  Dallas is the only team in the West that can legitimately give us problems and we help them out to our 6th Man of the Year Award winner??  San Antonio, Denver, and the others in the West are aging, Memhis is still skill players away, and OKL. just doesn't have the size to match up.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:25 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

may not be mitches 1st rodeo but may be his last. the reason mcroberts didnt produce starters stats is because he is not starter material. but hey when yr desperate you will take whatever is available. trust the lakers are not on their way up. new coach new players = new problems. but just wait until bynum gets hurt and they start losing, then the excuses will start. lakers got beat by dallas in 1st rd. last yr. now they lose key players and you expect them to improve on that. thats insane. they lost one of the best coaches to ever walk the sidelines. cmon man be 4 real.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:47 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Great point!!! This isn't mitch's first rodeo. Some nice points made in other posts. Fundamental player that also is a nice high energy guy.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:45 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

i agree with you worldrum. the lakers are making moves in hopes of something yet seen. if this is all they get b 4 the season starts they are in trouble. kobe is wearing down with age and with season being condensed he is not going to play at an elite level. but everything that goes up must come down. so the lakers are most likely in rebuilding mode and when kobe is done playing im sure gasol (age 31) will be done playing. l give them 2 or 3 yrs at most and they will be looking at a lottery draft pick. but hey this is just my observation. so take my thoughts with a grain of salt and l will do yrs the same. <<<B 4 REAL>>>

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:12 pm

Report: Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to 2-year deal

Actually, I am happy they grabbed him.  He has the talent to fill a hole in the front court.  He isn't Lamar Odoms, but I think that he will grow into the job with more minutes.  If he gets 30 minutes a night, I can see him put up 15-9-3.  He served his apprenticeship at Duke, so you know he is well schooled in the fundamentals and the mental aspect of the game.  I would not undervalue him.  You don't put up starter numbers unless you play starter minutes, and Indiana didn't give him starter minutes, so.......

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