Another one bites the dust as Danny Granger follows the foot steps of Darren Collison.
First reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Los Angeles Clippers free agent forward Danny Granger has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Miami Heat.
Free agent Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Reportedly signed with the bi-annual exception, Granger is set to earn $2.077 million in 2014-15 and $2.170 million in 15-16 if he exercises the player option available at his disposal.
Granger isn’t the big splash Miami Heat fans were hoping to make in free agency. After striking out on the likes of Kyle Lowry, Luol Deng, Marcin Gortat, and other marquee free agents, Pat Riley put himself in the situation to make value signings.
After two knee surgeries, Granger failed to return to the player who once averaged 18 points per game. This forced the Pacers to trade Granger at the trade deadline to the Philadelphia 76ers, receiving Evan Turner in the process. And with the 76ers playing for the 2014 NBA Draft more-so than the NBA Playoffs, the two parties came to an agreement on a buyout which led to Granger finding himself in a Clippers uniform.
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Granger averaged 8.0 points on 42 percent shooting (35 percent from three) along with 2.3 rebounds as a member of the Clippers before suffering a hamstring injury that would end his season prematurely. In comparison, Rashard Lewis averaged 4.5 points on 41 percent shooting (34 percent from three) during the regular season. Due to his lack of lateral quickness, Granger will likely be used in a similar role as Lewis, playing the stretch-four while guarding opposing power forwards on defense.
For the pessimistic crowd, Granger averaged 2.6 points on 27/22/77 shooting splits in the playoffs. It’s unclear how much of an issue the hamstring was, but Granger wasn’t able to knock down jump shots, ultimately making him a non-factor when on the floor.
Granger’s deal with the Miami Heat can’t become official until July Moratorium ends on July 9th.