Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts will be limited to start training camp thanks to a nagging foot issue. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, McRoberts said that he broke his left foot in Game 6 of last year’s second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra described the injury as “minor” and that he expects McRoberts to continue to progress each week.
The 29-year-old has been injury prone since joining the Heat on a four-year, $23 million deal in the summer 2014. He missed most of his first season in Miami with a torn meniscus and was limited to just 42 games last year due to a bruised knee. His latest issue isn’t expected to linger into the regular season, however.
McRoberts has bounced around quite a bit since being selected early in the second-round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He has also spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats along the way.
When healthy, the 6-10 forward is an effective combination of size, shooting and playmaking. His finest – and healthiest – professional season to date came in 2013-2014 with the Bobcats when he averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting better than 36 percent from three-point range in 78 games. He was able to parlay that performance into the aforementioned deal with the Heat.
McRoberts isn’t the only Heat player dealing with injury issues. Guard Josh Richardson is still recovering from a partially torn MCL he suffered over the summer while forward Chris Bosh wasn’t cleared for basketball activities after failing his physical due to blood clot complications.
Miami will open the regular season on October 26 on the road against the Orlando Magic.