Heat coach Erik Spoelstra does not rule out forward Josh McRoberts returning this season

 

 

Heat forward Josh McRoberts drives against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in a game earlier this season. McRoberts has played in just 22 games this season.  (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MIAMI – Josh McRoberts may be one the Heat’s forgotten men when it comes to the fans and those who have taken notice of the team’s stunning turnaround the last two months. But the organization is fully engaged in getting the veteran power forward healthy.

And coach Erik Spoelstra did not rule out the 6-foot-10 McRoberts returning at some point this season.

“We’ll see,” Spoelstra said today following shoot-around. “He’s making progress. He’s doing a little bit more. He’s on the court a little bit now. We’ll just have to see how he progresses.”

McRoberts, 30, was declared out indefinitely the final week of December with a stress fracture to his left foot. He missed the first seven games of the season because of a stress reaction to the same foot that stemmed from breaking the foot during last year’s playoffs.

McRoberts has played just 22 games this season averaging 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. His game started coming together before the last injury, having started the previous 14 games and averaging 6.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting, including 50 percent on 3-pointers.

McRoberts is making $5.8 million this season and has a player option for $6 million next season. He has played in just 81 games in three years since signing with the Heat.

Reports were the Heat were trying to trade McRoberts at the deadline last month solely to free up $6 million more of salary cap space.

“We’re going to continue to invest our time in him and try to get him right, get him ready, get him feeling good about his body and then we’ll take the next step,” Spoelstra said. “So far everything has looked good in this part of his rehab.”

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