Posted February 21, 2014

Report: Danny Granger ‘pissed’ over trade to 76ers, eyes potential jump to Spurs, Heat

2014 NBA trade deadline, Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers
Danny Granger

After nine seasons in Indiana, Danny Granger was traded to Philadelphia on Thursday. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images)

As expected, Danny Granger did not take his trade from the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers to the bottom-feeding 76ers very well.

The face of the franchise for many of his nine seasons with Indiana, Granger was understandably upset that the Pacers sent him to Philadelphia for guard Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen just before Thursday’s trade deadline. The 30-year-old forward likely expected to be a critical cog in the Pacers’ NBA Finals push. He’d battled back from significant injuries over the past few years and had accepted a secondary role upon his return. He’s been a mentor to Paul George and a selfless leader. But now he finds himself having to start over with the 15-40 Sixers or another team if Philadelphia buys out his contract.

“Danny Granger was ‘pissed’ when he learned he was traded to the Sixers, per league source,” Jake Fischer of the Boston Globe tweeted.

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The Heat and Spurs are potential landing spots for Granger if a buyout occurs, as Fischer notes. (Granger is making $14 million in the last year of his deal.) Both are title contenders that could use a bench upgrade at forward. Granger is no longer the All-Star he once was — he averaged 25.8 points per game in 2008-09 — but he’s still a capable scorer and has the ability to make three-pointers. He averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes in 29 games for Indiana this season.

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The decision to part with Granger wasn’t easy for Indiana president Larry Bird and the team’s front office. Bird insisted he wasn’t shopping Granger at the deadline and said the small forward had always been his “favorite.”

From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

“It’s just a tough deal,” Bird said. “Danny’s always been my favorite. I understand the disappointment. A lot of people say that I’ve been trying to trade him for a year and I haven’t been doing that. I even told Danny that. I did tell him if a great opportunity arises, you can’t say you’ll never trade somebody.”

Ultimately, Bird said an “11th hour” trade offer from the 76ers forced his hand. Philadelphia had been insistent on only dealing Turner for a first-round pick, but backed down at the deadline and reached out to the Pacers.

“I didn’t think there was going to be anything there [with trades] that we’re really looking for, but when this came up and caught our attention, and we thought maybe we should do it. Try to stabilize that second unit,” Bird told the Star. “Obviously, Lavoy Allen’s another big body that can play and Evan Turner – I like guys who can play multiple positions. You can talk all you want about how he can’t hit an outside shot, can’t do this. I always look at the positive side of it. I think he’s a kid who can come in right away and help us.”

In a classy move, Granger stopped by the Pacers’ practice facility to say his goodbyes before leaving Indianapolis.

45 comments
mond1969
mond1969

its a sport. basketball is a physical game. Lebron didn't mean to sprained Danny. You'll never know what will happen when you're inside court. It's good for Miami if Danny will join the team. Good luck bro!


SaigonPho
SaigonPho

Just less than 2 years ago, Danny Granger would have never though that Larry Bird would do that to him. Life is so unpredictable , right ?. But the only predictable thing in NBA is that you can always be traded. 

Do not be bitter or despair Danny. Just do to Larry Bird exactly what Ray Allen did to Danny Ainge of the Celtics: join his nemesis : The Heat and do your up most efforts to help the Heat win

bambam824
bambam824

Lebron sprained Granger's ankle in the semis resulting in a heat win. Why would Danny want to play with that?

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

that would be the way it goes it is a business after all

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

Come to the Heat, that way come May, you can play and witness your old team get thrashed yet again by the dominant Heat in the conference final!

TonyDePaola
TonyDePaola

No!!! Danny Granger, come to the Clippers as our starting SF! You'd be respected, play for a championship coach on a contending team (hopefully) and get plenty of looks with the best PG in the game.

troydeleon
troydeleon

you're welcome to the heat after a buyout DG

UtterlyRuins
UtterlyRuins

Danny Granger should sign with the Miami Heat. Heat Nation will totally except him. Even though he was the one that talked trash about the Heat the most. 

Azeron
Azeron

Granger should sign with the Heat.  It would be kismet.

borderjasz
borderjasz

Pg going to guard lb fo 40 min a night? Cause Turner cant guard lebron or even wade and at least granger was passable

MarshallTalk
MarshallTalk

Might be good for the Pacers, as long as he doesn't go to the Heat. You don't want him torching his old team. Even if he isn't what he used to be, most players that were even decent torture their old teams.

DarthPlagus
DarthPlagus

D Granger will be fine.  The Sixers should buyout his contract to allow him to become a free agent.  He is not going to resign with them........ever


zlatkinson79
zlatkinson79

Houston rockets need a strech 4. He could even see more playing time if he goes to houston. :)

muser
muser

The same clowns that whine when teams make courageous and necessary moves like the Granger deal,  whine when they don't...... 

indybndcksaint
indybndcksaint

What a crybaby. He's making 13 million this year as a former all star shooter that can't shoot any longer. Last year he made the same for 5 games. Only 5. He thought he was going to skate along and get a ring with minimal effort. Hence why he's trying to go to the spurs or heat. He has the Derek Fisher syndrome


casualumberjack
casualumberjack

Trading their former star shows that the Pacers care about only one thing: Winning. Though that is the point, it still seems a little cold.

jasonleegrenier
jasonleegrenier

It's a business. Sports is still a business. There is no loyalty by player or organization.

cyber92sax
cyber92sax

And, whoopie, the Sixers get another player that doesn't want to play there. At some point, these egomaniacs on the court have to decide if they want to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution.

DarthPlagus
DarthPlagus

@indybndcksaint  ...When did he cry?  Upset because he was traded for 2 underachievers.  When the Pacers were building the team they have now, Granger was the heart and soul of that team.  Now they have sold out games, before that, when it wasnt selling out, Granger kept the Pacers relevant...that's why he signed the 5 yr $60 mil deal.  He mentored Paul George, recruited D. West to come there...Check your flow because you dont know!

JulesG
JulesG

@indybndcksaint Yup...because he made 13 million it's wrong for him to be upset and to even voice it! NOTE TO ALL MILLIONAIRE ATHLETES! YOUR FEELINGS BECOME NULL AND VOID ONCE YOU MAKE THE MONEY!!!

KevinJamesFan6
KevinJamesFan6

@PackersFanNumeroUno  says the number one fan of the packers who kicked the greatest player in franchise history to the curb in Favre. Green Bay wrote the book on classless moves

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@cyber92sax    i doubt he plays one minute as a sixer.  they will buyout his contract and release.  they got a second rounder in the trade, and the buyout money is the same they would of had to pay for being under the minimum team salary.  smart move by the sixers mgt.

ceocheckmate
ceocheckmate

@DarthPlagus @indybndcksainttrue indeed! #salute to my fave player granger, its still #pacernation just sucks to see him go like that after him being there thru the brawl, j.o. leaving, ron leaving...i mean everyone and everything he deserved to be on this winning team.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

@JulesG @indybndcksaint  I guess everything is relative. I see what you're saying but on the other hand the dude is making 13 million too. I guess that's why I don't feel sorry for any pro athlete making millions.

WendellW
WendellW

@SandersonKramer @casualumberjackYou are absolutely correct in that it is a business.  But the difference is that when a superstar does it to a team (instead of waiting for the team to do it to him), there is WAY MORE scrutiny, vindictiveness, demonizing, hate, etc. towards that individual.  It's as if the interests of billionaire owners are more important than that of millionaire players.  Go figure.

surfcity
surfcity

@KevinJamesFan6 @PackersFanNumeroUno No, they replaced an aging veteran with a better younger player, and they won a Super Bowl because of it. Just like the 49ers replaced an icon with a better player in Steve Young.

Azeron
Azeron

@Flanders5600 @PackersFanNumeroUno  Evan Turner isn't an upgrade.  Had they actually traded for a better player rather than a guy who is jacking up a high number of attempts, I could understand.  They actually downgraded.  

thefabulousjq
thefabulousjq

@MrGameandShow @JosephBagadoughnutz@cyber92sax Turner was going to be gone after this season anyway.  At least they got something at the last minute of the trade deadline.  And without him they will be even worse than they were before, so a better chance at a higher draft pick.