Heat sign McBob and Granger

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

#PatRileyPowerMove?

To win the LeBron James free agency sweepstakes a team needs a few things; but more than anything, even more than money, the King values the roster he is going to and how much the talent that will be around him influences his chances to win another title.

To move up a spot in the sweepstakes the Miami Heat added veteran forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger today, adding versatile forwards to pick up the slack next season where Michael Beasley and Shane Battier couldn't this past. McRoberts signed with the Heat for four years on a $23 million deal, while the elder Granger signed a two-year deal worth $4.2 million.

Of course, Yahoo! Sports' Spears and Woj were the first to report.

First there was this:

Then there was this:

And now... STATS!

Here's how Granger and McBob shaped out last season on playoff teams:

GRANGER (INDIANA & LOS ANGELES)

G

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

41

2

20.7

2.8

7.5

.378

.336

.408

.940

0.8

2.5

3.2

1.0

0.3

0.4

1.1

1.5

8.2

MCROBERTS (CHARLOTTE)

G

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

78

78

30.3

3.2

7.3

.436

.361

.516

.729

1.1

3.7

4.8

4.3

0.7

0.6

1.1

2.4

)8.5

(stats via www.basketball-reference.com)

It was a down year for Granger stats wise, while McRoberts had a decent season starting for the playoff bound Bobcats Hornets.

Granger was recovering from an injury and was pawned off at the trade deadline so his former team, the Indiana Pacers, could acquire Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger muscled his way out of Philadelphia and signed on with Doc Rivers and jumped aboard the Clippers bandwagon. But, the he struggled to find a consistent role and the Clippers fell in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Meanwhile, in Charlotte, McRoberts found his niche as a hustle player, a guy that willing to bang down low while dishing out and taking tough fouls. When he wasn't doing that, he was rebounding (4.8 per game), passing (4.3 per game) and hitting from behind the arc (36 percent). For a 6'10" power forward, McRoberts has a very versatile skill set as a shooter, rebounder and ball handler and could find his way into the Heat's starting lineup.

It's still unclear whether Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron all return, but these signings make things a little sweeter for the big three. McRoberts could start at power forward and would be a huge upgrade from spot starts from Rashard Lewis, Udonis Haslem, Beasley and Battier provided last season. It allows James to play small forward most of the time.

Granger on the other hand... If he can return to his old form and find a consistent role in Miami - which, we've seen work well with Lewis, Ray Allen and Birdman, but not work so well with Beasley and Greg Oden - he could be a valuable swing man and shooter off the bench.

With the recent rumors swirling of LeBron headed back to Cleveland and multiple teams being prepared to make max offers to Bosh, Pat Riley had to do something, he had to make a move.

This is a good step in the right direction for the Heat, but it's hardly enough.

With Mario Chalmers on his way out and the futures of Oden, Anderson, Beasley and Norris Cole all hanging in limbo, the Miami Heat still have work to do.

Another point guard added to the rotation would be nice and so would a consistent rim protector; but those things don't grow on trees, nor do they come cheap.

But hey, Miami is on the right track.

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For more coverage of these signings and the Miami Heat, head over to SB Nation's Hot Hot Hoops.

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