Mar 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger (33) walks back down the court against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 109-108. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Danny Granger to decline player option, become free agent

According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, small forward Danny Granger is expected to decline his player option, becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Clippers forwards Danny Granger and Glen Davis have informed the team that they do not plan on opting in on their 2014-15 contracts, according to NBA officials.

Though Granger will become a free agent, there is mutual interest on both sides of him returning to the Clippers. Davis, who was poised to make $1.4 million next season, had until Tuesday to exercise his rights to opt in or out, according to the officials.

Coming into the summer, I didn’t expect Danny Granger to opt out of his contract. It doesn’t take a genius to realize Granger isn’t the player he once was. Several knee injuries over the last few seasons has caused his play to deteriorate, going from sure starter to rotation player.

A buyout deadline acquisition, Granger’s time with the Clippers was subpar.. Appearing in 12 regular season games, Granger averaged 8.0 points on 42 percent shooting along with 2.3 rebounds per game. To simply put it, Granger was hit or miss. The were the games where the Granger of old shined through, for example, him scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. And when Granger was knocking down shots–that’s really what he was there for–he blended in to the

Come playoff time, the Clippers were given a heavy dose of bad Granger. Granger’s 15 points scored in game 2 against the Golden State Warriors was more than he’d score in the remaining 11 contests (11). That’s… well, not good.

With the feelings mutual on a possible return, Granger would be a decent fallback option if the Clippers can’t attract Paul Pierce a small forward in free agency.

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