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Reports: Pacers may try to move Granger, but don’t bet on it happening

Jan 19, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

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Danny Granger is close to coming back, sometime right around the start of February. On the surface that suggests the Pacers could get better — they have the best defense in the NBA but the 29th ranked offense (using points per possession). Granger gives them scoring and good wing defense, put him in the mix and in theory the Pacers get a lot better.

Or, they may just trade him instead.

That’s the buzz from a few places. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein wrote this:

Interesting comments recently from Indy’s Paul George about how past Pacers teams all “had an ego to them” but how this one is “putting the team first.” Hard to imagine that the Pacers could find a trade taker for Danny Granger in the next 24 days before the deadline, given that Granger (knee) has missed the entire season so far, but it seems safe to suggest the end of the Granger era in Indy is drawing closer and closer.

ESPN’s Chad Ford ads this:

If they can get him back into the swing of things quickly — and get his trade value up — expect them to try to flip him fast now that Paul George has replaced Granger as the alpha dog of the team

Pulling off a deal at the deadline will be hard because teams will be skeptical and not offering a ton after he missed months with a knee injury. Plus, Indiana is a team based around chemistry and fit where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. You have to defend well, you have to buy into the system and not every player fits what they do.

But look for the buzz to start heading into the deadline. A deal could happen.

I’d say a summer deal is more likely, but that also might depend on how the Pacers play during the playoffs — a deep run can change perspectives and plans. Just something to keep an eye on.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Not a single shred of evidence to support this, zero quotes, zero anything.

    Idiot “reporters” coming up with “Paul George is the best player on the team, so ill assume Grangers can’t handled not being #1 and will have to be traded”

    Garbage

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Seriously how is this “reports” of a Granger trade? Two guys who don’t hold a job in the NBA speculating on something is not a report of the Pacers possibly trading anyone.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    What’s with teams like MEM and IND trying to shoot themselves in the foot when they are competing for a slight chance at a title? Hey, could it be that these teams are even in that kind of position because the core has been around together for a while!? Hmmmm….but naw, go ahead and break it up. That’s real smart. Go trade Granger for picks and young talent that you hope one day gets as good as Granger just so you guys can trade him for MORE picks and young talent.

    Sheesh, it’s like teams are building for the future alllll the time, and then when that future becomes the present, they wanna start all over again. WTF. And for what? To see if they can get the next MJ, Kobe or LeBron? And then what, just to see them leave for a more attractive market or franchise once thye rookie contract and 1st post-rookie contract run out?

    This is about as good as a team from Indy is gonna get. Just roll with it. No huge names are gonna want to sign in Indiana. The way the roster is constructed in IND is beautiful and they are all still young, they can only get better. I can’t wait ’till one of these teams like IND or MEM or PHI wins a championship (only if my Lakers or even the Rockets are out though, hehe) and sets a new precident for building teams and keeping the core together for 4-5 seasons+, even better if it’s without a mega-star, with just all solid players.

  3. money2long - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    skeptical ? what happened to all the granger information from prior to this season? they don’t know who granger is? they should just be looking for if he is healthy. if he is, they know what kind of player he is.

  4. bknowledge - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I agree its late in season for Memphis of Indiana to make trades…but its fun for me to play GM so here’s a mega 4 team trade I think improves all 4 teams:

    Cleveland: Rudy Gay, Tony Morrow (expiring), Festus Ezeli (rookie center), Johan Petro (expiring), Biedrinis (2 years)…

    Atlanta: Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Tony Wroten, Luke Walton (6 mil expiring)…

    Memphis: Lou Williams (5 mil 3 years), Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver (5 mil expiring), Omri Caspi (expiring)…

    Golden State: Anderson Varejoa, Danny Gibson (expiring)…

    trade works via espn trade machine…

    • bknowledge - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=afxs6z6

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        There’s no way Golden State gives up Klay Thompson for another injury prone Center and end of the bench foddle in Daniel Gibson. They’d have to get another star or at least a very solid player in return and draft picks. Thompson is still young and hasn’t even reach the best he could be yet. He and David Lee are their only source of scoring while Curry is out

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        There’s no way Golden State gives up Klay Thompson for another injury prone Center and end of the bench foddle in Daniel Gibson. They’d have to get another star or at least a very solid player in return and draft picks. Thompson is still young and hasn’t even reach the best he could be yet. He and David Lee are their only source of scoring while Curry is out

      • bknowledge - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        My initial post was obviously before Lou Williams was out for the rest of the season…

        Golden State would also get rid of Biedrinis horrible contract…

  5. xli2006 - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    With the emergence of Paul George, the Pacers should definitely keep the option open but the prospect of combining Paul George entering his prime with Granger who has vet experience and can score is quite intriguing.

    This team is stout defensively, add in another scorer (a healthy Granger) and they could be potent in the Playoffs.

  6. aboogy123456 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    They should try to trade granger because I don’t think he will elevate them to a contender type of team. For him to be effective, he needs to score the most points on the team and he doesn’t really do anything else at an elite level. I think they should try to trade for the best point guard that they can get. Someone who can run the offense and is a pass first type of player. They would be able to play George hill more at the 2, and paul george can be their number one wing scorer. Even if they trade for someone like Kyle Lowry or calderon, I think it will help the team.

  7. mrlaloosh - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Who? Exactly.

  8. thundersandpackers - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    granger for kendrik perkins and eric maynor

  9. djjackson81 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    You can have Phx roster for him

  10. themanchine - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Why not just ease Granger back off the bench this yr, then let David West walk after the season and slide Granger to the 4.
    Make too much sense?

  11. dbdcrewmatt - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    As a Pacer fan, the only way I would want to see Granger be traded is if we got Eric Gordon in return!

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