HoopsHype Josh McRoberts rumors

December 3, 2012 Updates

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

August 10, 2012 Updates

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

August 9, 2012 Updates
April 4, 2012 Updates

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

March 7, 2012 Updates
January 23, 2012 Updates

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

Josh McRoberts was born and raised in Indianapolis and played the majority of his career with the Indiana Pacers prior to this year. Now, after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers over the offseason, McRoberts is adjusting to life in a new environment. “I’ll always be from Indianapolis,” McRoberts said with a smile. “I’m not used to being in Los Angeles.” What has been the biggest difference between Indiana and Los Angeles? “I definitely get noticed more, recognized more, when I’m going to different places,” McRoberts said. HoopsWorld

January 22, 2012 Updates

Josh McRoberts fulfilled a dream when he joined his hometown Indiana Pacers before the 2008-09 season. The honeymoon lasted 2½ years. Indiana tried to trade the power forward for Memphis guard O.J. Mayo last season, but the deal was never consummated. McRoberts said the Pacers then told him they wanted to bring him back for this season but never called. "It kind of ended in a bad way in my opinion," McRoberts said, "but I'll always be thankful for the way that it started and the time that I spent there." Los Angeles Times

McRoberts had his best NBA season with the Pacers last year, averaging 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes. "I don't hold any grudges," McRoberts said. "That's part of the business side of things and they're having a great season and I understand they felt like they needed to move in a different direction. It worked out well for both of us." Los Angeles Times

January 21, 2012 Updates

Josh McRoberts received a retroactive technical foul for smacking Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki during the Lakers' victory Monday. The NBA informed Lakers coach Mike Brown of the technical, which carries a $2,500 fine. Los Angeles Daily News

January 18, 2012 Updates
January 9, 2012 Updates

Josh McRoberts , who has missed the past three games because of a sprained big toe, said he is aiming to be back on the court sometime next week. “That’s what im hoping for,” McRoberts said before Sunday’s game. McRoberts, a 6-10 forward, suffered the injury when he collided with Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins on Dec. 26 and aggravated it later in the game when teammate Pau Gasol stepped on it. He played the next three games with a throbbing toe before taking time off. Orange County Register

January 4, 2012 Updates

McRoberts played in the Lakers' next four games following the Sacramento loss but sat out Monday's practice. "It just hasn't really got any better so I'm just going to take some time and see if a little time off of it, I can get healed up," McRoberts said. The five-year veteran is listed as day to day and it is unclear whether he will play in the Lakers' next game on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. "I'm just trying to get it healthy, get it back right because games come so quick and there's really no time to rest," McRoberts said. "So, I'm just trying to rest it up and be healthy for the majority of the season here." ESPN.com

December 20, 2011 Updates

McRoberts, who had just two points and two rebounds Monday but played with energy and even mixed it up with Blake Griffin at one point, says his friends back home in Indianapolis just call him "Mac." As for the origin of McBob? "Some dumba-- on a blog came up with it," McRoberts said. ESPN.com

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