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Report: Danny Granger unlikely to be ready for Pacers’ season opener

Oct 24, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena Reuters

So the Indiana Pacers season opener is going to look a lot like the end of last season — no Danny Granger.

That’s what coach Frank Vogel said Thursday when talking about the Pacers season opener Tuesday night against Orlando, reports the Indianapolis Star. At least this is something they should be used to.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after practice on Thursday the strained calf suffered by Granger last week is worse than previously thought and he doubts the former all-star forward will play in the team’s regular season-opener against Orlando on Tuesday.

“There’s a chance he could play (against the Magic), but it’s probably unlikely,” Vogel said.

Granger says he is day-to-day and could play, but players are notorious for underestimating their return time.

This is not going to matter against the lowly Magic opening night, but getting Granger back is key to the Pacers season one way or another.

Either he can play with Paul George and Roy Hibbert, in which case the Pacers team that is already a contender just added an All-Star level scorer to the rotation.

If that match doesn’t work — or if the Pacers feel they are going to lose Granger for nothing next summer as he is in the last year of his contract — they can shop him around to get pieces that fit better. (This seems the more likely option, but Indiana may find a tough market for Granger.

Either way, he can’t fit in or be showcased for a trade until he gets healthy. And that apparently is still a week away at least.

  1. legend30 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    They should trade him. Pretty straightforward…

    • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      @legend30 – What value would you get in return for trading him? Certainly not equal value. Better to hold on to him and make a run at a ring. They’ll need him in May next year. Not at this moment.

      • legend30 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        What about D. Granger for J. Nelson and G. Davis? I just made the trade up, but Magic are looking to clear some salary. Pacers would have a three point guard rotation of: G. Hill, J. Nelson, and C. Watson. Never hurts to add some depth. And G. Davis would give them, yet another big to go along with — Hibbert, West, Scola, and Mahinmi. This would give them extra flexibility to play against Heat, Bulls, and Nets… But I hear ya, it might make sense to keep him for now.

      • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        @legend30 – I’m not that hot on any of the players you mentioned, but lets say even if Indiana could get a good package, why would they want to potentially disrupt the chemistry of the team with a broad trade? Indi already has enough depth to contend with the Heat, Bulls, Nets. Depth is not a weakness.

        What they need is a sharper (singular) weapon in their starting 5 or 6th man off the bench that can create mismatches for opposing teams. Danny can give them that when he’s healthy.

        Sometimes the best move is not to make a move. I think Indi’s best move is to be patient. And since Larry is in charge, that’s EXACTLY what’s going to happen. Larry is all about being patient and smart. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny really wants to prove he can play well both to management and to himself after the long layoff, and prove he’s still vital to the team winning a ring.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Nelson and Davis? I’d take keep Granger rather than give him up for nothing.

  2. yousuxxors - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    depending on what they can get I say keep him and have a better shot for their playoff run.

  3. basketballgod87 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    they need a better point guard so if they can get a good trade then yeah if not then keep him

  4. metalhead65 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    if he ever gets healthy enough to play he needs to come off the bench score a bunch of points to show that he is and then the pacers need to trade him before he falls apart for good. nobody will touch him and if they did the pacers would get nothing of value in return. if he shows he shows he can still score they can get a draft for him.

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