Miami Heat finalize trade of Josh McRoberts to Dallas

The Miami Heat have traded Josh McRoberts to the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Josh McRoberts era in Miami has come to an end.

The embattled big man was traded Friday to the Dallas Mavericks, a move that was all about dumping his $6 million salary to make room to pick up the $6.3 million team option on Wayne Ellington’s salary.

Miami will receive second-year center A.J. Hammons from Dallas. The Heat also sent a 2023 second round pick and cash considerations to Dallas.

The trade started a string of moves that culminated with Ellington returning. In between free agents Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters and James Johnson, all of whom had agreed to contracts in the last two days, signed their deals. Olynyk became a free agent this week when his rights were renounced by Boston and Waiters and Johnson return after each had a breakout season. Waiters and Johnson were signed by Miami last summer.

McRoberts was signed to a four-year, $23 million contract three years ago, a signing that at the time was considered wise with McRoberts coming off the best season of his career and the Heat scrambling after losing LeBron James.

But since everything that could go wrong has and McRoberts became the poster child for the bad luck the Heat have experienced the last three years.

A series of injuries has limited McRoberts to just 81 regular season games the last three years. The year prior to signing with the Heat he started all 78 games in which he played.

McRoberts, 30, averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 39.8 percent with Miami. In his first seven years he averaged 5.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and shot 47.6 percent.

And even McRoberts felt the fans’ frustration, opening up during Heat training camp before last season.

“I completely get it, man,” he said. “’I’m a big white guy who gets hurt all the time. I wouldn’t like me either. So I completely understand where it comes from. I get it.”

That was when it was learned a right foot injury would knock him out of camp and he eventually would miss the first seven games of the season. He returned, found his way into the starting lineup and then in December was out again with a stress fracture in the left foot.

The injury forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Hammons was selected in the second round, 46th overall, by Dallas in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Purdue. He appeared in 22 games last season with the Mavericks and averaged 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 7.4 minutes while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. Hammons was the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season.

The Heat expect Hammons to join their summer league team in Las Vegas sometime next week.

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