HoopsHype Josh McRoberts rumors

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Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap indicated Wednesday he’d like Josh McRoberts back next season after McRoberts becomes an unrestricted free agent. Acquiring McRoberts at the trade deadline from Orlando appeared to be a minor deal, but he’s become a starter. Dunlap believes McRoberts’ passing has improved the Bobcats’ ball-movement. The Bobcats have totaled 20 or more assists in four of their last six games and Dunlap gives McRoberts credit for that. Charlotte Observer

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While most of the Bobcats are generally playing out the string — except when they face the Celtics — McRoberts is trying to optimize his chances to secure a guaranteed contract this summer. “I think here it’s been great so far for me in terms of getting an opportunity at my position,” he said. “You don’t want to ever get used to bouncing around. Everybody wants to find a role on a team and be comfortable. Everybody wants to get on a contender and try to make a run. “This is my sixth year and it’s something where I have seen a lot of situations and I want to get to a place where I can get an opportunity to help a team and hopefully win some games.” Boston Globe

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Lakers fans quickly latched on to his nonstop energy, enthusiasm and high socks. But McRoberts’ time with the Lakers proved short-lived. On the heels of shipping Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers signed McRoberts just before training camp started to a two-year deal using their mini mid-level exception worth $3 million. He then became trade bait this offseason for the Howard deal. “It wasn’t like they traded me for a washing machine or something,” said McRoberts, who averaged 2.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes last season with the Lakers. “They traded me for one of the best players in the league. Obviously they didn’t trade me straight up for him, I was a part of that trade. So, it’s kind of like anybody could have a part of that.” Los Angeles Daily News

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The Magic were key players in a blockbuster, four-team trade on Friday when they dealt Howard and reserves Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Magic also sent Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers and in return will receive Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga and rookie Moe Harkless, three first-round picks and two second-round selections. The Magic will receive protected first-round picks from Denver (or New York) in 2014, Philadelphia in ‘15 and Los Angeles in ‘17. NBA.com

The Lakers will send All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also will receive shooting guard Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic. The Sixers will send guard Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless, forward Josh McRoberts, three protected first-round draft picks and a 2013 second-round pick from the Nuggets (by way of Golden State). In addition to Howard, the Lakers will also receive Earl Clark and Chris Duhon from the Magic. Yahoo! Sports

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In the second game, technical fouls were issued to the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Josh McRoberts, who got two and was ejected. The Clippers' Chauncey Billups and Reggie Evans also received technicals. "We don't make too much of it," Paul said. "First of all, it's been so long ago that we played them. We're two totally different teams. I don't even remember that last game too much. But it's obviously a big game" Wednesday. And what about Gasol rubbing Paul on the head in the second game, causing the Clippers All-Star guard to push Gasol back? "I don't even remember that, until you bring it up," Paul claimed. So is this a rivalry? "It's not really a rivalry," Griffin said. "It's a game between two teams that play in the same city, play in the same building. It's just another game." Los Angeles Times

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Josh McRoberts knew the odds were not good that his hometown team, the Indiana Pacers, would re-sign him during the offseason. At the same time, McRoberts, who spent three seasons with the Pacers, felt "insulted" that they didn't reach out to him or his agent once free agency started. "I definitely felt insulted," the Los Angeles Lakers forward said before Sunday's game against the Pacers. "I knew they were going to try and make an improvement at the position. But in the meetings they told me they were going to try and bring me back if they could. If you're going to say that, at least make a call. "That made it harder on me because other teams were thinking what was wrong with me and how come the Pacers didn't want me back. I feel like I gave a lot to the team." Indianapolis Star

Josh McRoberts was born in Indianapolis and played high school basketball in nearby Carmel, Ind. , earning Parade All-America honors. Playing for the hometown NBA Pacers was a dream. A dream that came true when the Portland Trail Blazers, who had made him a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, traded him to Indianapolis the following season. McRoberts played three seasons in Indianapolis, where he established himself as a scrappy, physical post player. But last summer, the Pacers opted not to re-sign McRoberts, a free agent, after failing to trade him before the trade deadline. Instead, he signed with the Lakers on Dec. 14, 2011, landing a two-year deal worth about $6 million. “They (Pacers) tried to trade me at deadline and it didn’t work, they didn’t get it done,” McRoberts said. “And then they told me they were going to try and bring me back this summer but didn’t call and didn’t bring me back. “It kind of ended in a bad way in my opinion. But I will always be thankful for the way it started and the time I spent there.” Orange County Register

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