According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, the San Antonio Spurs are one of many teams that have shown interest in Charlotte Hornets free agent Josh McRoberts.
Josh McRoberts drawn interest from Charlotte, Dallas, Clev, Miami, Clippers, Knicks, Portland, Phoenix, Spurs and Lakers, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 2, 2014
McRoberts, who is 27 years old, averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 78 regular season games with the Bobcats last season. McRoberts also attempted 3.7 three pointers per game, and shot 36% from beyond the arc. Per Basketball-Reference.com, McRoberts totaled 6.8 win shares in the regular season and playoffs with the Bobcats, which projects his value to be somewhere in the $5-7 million dollar range.
The expectation for the Spurs’ offseason was for them to bring back unrestricted free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. Late Monday evening, word came out that Mills has a shoulder injury that could sideline him anywhere from January to March next season. The early indication is Mills will re-sign with the Spurs, but at a lower value than what he was likely to receive if healthy.
McRoberts is now the third big man the Spurs have been interested in, as Rashard Lewis and Pau Gasol have also been mentioned names. The Spurs are also rumored to have a meeting with small forward Kent Bazemore next Tuesday, and they have shown interest reportedly in guards Sebastian Telfair, Shaun Livingston (who committed to the Warriors), and Troy Daniels.
One could infer that the Spurs may be placing calls to other big men like McRoberts, just to have a backup plan in the event Diaw were to sign elsewhere. Diaw will reportedly be pursued by the Portland Trail Blazers.