CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Hornets are turning to a pair of young, inexperienced power forwards after losing Josh McRoberts in free agency.
McRoberts was the one player coach Steve Clifford said the team couldn't afford to lose this offseason.
Yet he's headed out the door.
The Miami Heat announced Monday they intend to sign McRoberts when the NBA's moratorium on deals being formally struck ends on Thursday.
Second-year player Cody Zeller is expected to take McRoberts' spot in the starting lineup with Noah Vonleh, the ninth overall pick in last month's draft, likely to see playing time.
Zeller played in 82 games with three starts as a rookie, but says he's ready to take on a more prominent role.Zeller says, "It'll definitely be different but I'm looking forward to it."