AP Source: McRoberts agrees to stay with Bobcats

Free agent forward Josh McRoberts has agreed to a two-year, $5.5

million deal to remain with the Charlotte Bobcats, said a person

familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of

anonymity because the deal has not yet been made official. Free

agent signings cannot be announced until July 10, according to NBA

rules.

The person said the second year of the deal includes a player

option.

McRoberts outperformed expectations last season after being

acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Hakim Warrick in

February just hours before the trade deadline.

McRoberts wound up starting 19 games and averaged 9.3 points,

7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 26 total contests for

Charlotte. He also shot a career-best 50.5 percent from the

field.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound McRoberts gives the Bobcats added depth

in the front court behind expected starters Al Jefferson and rookie

Cody Zeller.

McRoberts came into the league in 2007 with the Portland Trail

Blazers.

He spent three seasons (2008-11) with the Indiana Pacers, his

best year coming in 2010-11 when he started 51 of 72 games and

averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

He also spent a year with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining

the Magic last season.

McRoberts became an instrumental part of Charlotte’s offense

last season under former coach Mike Dunlap. McRoberts was able to

pass well from the high post and create some ball movement that had

been lacking in Charlotte’s offense.

It was unclear if the team would bring McRoberts back after

drafting the 7-foot Zeller to play power forward. However,

McRoberts showed enough in two months that the front office decided

to bring him back for another year.