After some speculation on whether he’d finish out the season with the 76ers, Danny Granger will be getting a buyout from the club:
The Sixers will indeed buyout Danny Granger, per source.
— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) February 25, 2014
Once Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports announced the trade deadline deal that sent Danny Granger to the Philadelphia in return for Evan Turner and Lavy Allen, no one expected Granger to play a minute in the city of Brotherly Love. It’s clear what Sam Hinkie and company is trying to accomplish. They’re giving young talent developmental minutes while being bad enough to award themselves with a top pick in the upcoming draft. Superb tanking to say the least.
And with Granger being a veteran coming from a winning environment, odds of him wanting to tag along as Hinkie and Brett Brown plotted on the Andrew Wiggin’s, Jabari Parker’s and Joel Embiid’s of the world were very rare. And that’s where this buyout comes into place. The two parties will agree on a number that’ll allow Granger to hit the free agent market where he’ll draw multiple suitors from around the league. Already, sources say that the Clippers, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will be interested in the forward. You can also throw the Memphis Grizzlies into that mix as they could use a player of Granger’s talents at the small forward position.
No one expects Granger to be the guy he was two year ago, the one that averaged 18.7 points and shot 38 percent from behind the arc as the face of the Pacers. But with more reps and constant playing time, a contending team could bank on Granger being a formidable reserve player.
Looking at what the Clippers have gotten out of the small forward position this season, you can’t blame them for being interested in Granger. Best-case scenario, Granger beats out Matt Barnes for the starting small forward position allowing Matt Barnes to shift back into an energy-guy role off the bench. Worst-case scenario is the team let’s him walk after offering him two consecutive 10-day contracts. Basically the Clippers would have nothing to lose in this situation, with only the positive having a real impact on the remaining season.