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Pacers trade Danny Granger to Sixers for Evan Turner

Feb 20, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

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It was a lackluster NBA trade deadline by any reasonable standard, and once 3 p.m. Eastern had come and gone, there was nothing of note that went down that would improve any of the contending teams significantly.

It wasn’t until more than 30 minutes after the deadline had passed that we found out about the biggest deal of the day.

The Pacers have traded Danny Granger to the Sixers in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, a deal first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Zach Lowe of Grantland added that the Sixers also received a future second round pick in the deal.

We knew about Philadelphia’s willingness to part with Turner, just as they had done with Spencer Hawes earlier on deadline day. It wasn’t even believed that it would take all that much to acquire him either, based on his status as a restricted free agent next summer at the relatively high price of a qualifying offer just short of $9 million.

What came as a surprise was Indiana’s decision to trade its former franchise player.

Granger was back as part of Indiana’s regular rotation after missing close to a season and a half due to various injuries. He was essentially a shell of the former All-Star level talent he had proven to be in 2009, when he was a dominant primary scorer who effortlessly averaged 25.8 points per game.

This season, Granger has been reduced to a bench role, and has posted averages of 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting just 35.9 percent from the field in 22.5 minutes per contest. He is in the final year of a huge contract, and Indiana wasn’t expected to sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Turner, however, is a completely different story. He’s a talent on the wing that will immediately add to the Pacers’ depth, and with Indiana going all in on its pursuit of a championship this season, his averages of 17.4 points, six rebounds and 3.7 assists will be an instant boost to those title chances.

If Turner wasn’t to work out in Indiana for some reason, there’s really no risk here. Granger was gone at the end of the season anyway, and if the Pacers don’t want to overpay for Turner’s skill set by matching any offer he receives on the open market, they can simply let him walk in free agency, essentially having given up nothing for the chance to upgrade the roster in advance of the playoffs.

Turner started all 54 games that he appeared in for the Sixers this season, and averaged 34.9 minutes per contest. He’ll likely see a reduced role in Indiana, especially as they’re getting him acclimated to their system. But the Pacers’ hope is that he’ll be able to play at that same level in shorter bursts, making things even tougher on opponents when trying to match up with an Indiana team that currently sits at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

  1. obmig - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    The Pacers got more of what they needed int his one. Turner and Stephenson are 2 of the best rebounding and most physical young wing players in the league. They are going to be tough to match up with when the other team also has to worry about their best player first and foremost in Paul George.

    • bjswoosh805 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I agree, and i’d take Turner over Danny “Batman” Granger any day. Turner got handles, rebounds, can create own his shot and plays good D. This is def an upgrade for the Pacers. not a big upgrade but a good one tho for sure. I can see that Indy’s bench scoring improving playing small ball with Turner handling the ball with shooters on the wing copeland, butler and Cj watson.

  2. kb2408 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Larry Legend strikes again….Indy v. OKC in the Finals.

  3. fmartinezslc - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Sixers take turner # 4 overall 4 years ago then get back 2nd round pic wow ! Stupid

    • flyerspsu - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Turner was #2 overall but that doesnt mean anything now, its the player he turned out to be and the current situation the team is in: Tanking

      It was smart to move him, its unfortunate they could only get a 2nd round pick

    • 1historian - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Stupid – exactly right. That is why they are in the pathetic position they are, that is why they haven’t gotten within farting distance of a championship in 30 years. Now that they are tanking to get a better draft choice that will just continue, because a team that tanks they way they are doing acquires a bit of a stink about them, and getting a super-duper draft choice does not get rid of that stink, but only makes it worse.

      Stupid

      FYI – I am a Celtics’ fan.

  4. jamnastyjay - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    This is the mid-season shake up that the Pacers needed badly… ET may not be a sharp shooter, but Danny was awful for the majority of this season barring a couple games… That being said why not swap him for a young slasher in ET.. The pacers bench has been struggling on O. Great move Larry!

  5. bballhistorian - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Sorry for Jabari. Riggin for Wiggins…

  6. zackd2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Wait wasn’t it just last week Turner sucked and everything, now he increases Pacers chances because you add his per game stats as a starter in their lineup, when he won’t be a starter? Uh huh ok

    • hqdeezy - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Turner will become their 6th man who will likely outplay most opponents 2nd units.

  7. jamnastyjay - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    And antistratfordian as much as I respect your overly insightful pro-heat posts… Don’t be blinded by your own homerism’s haha this was a solid move ET may have been the best offer for Danny (who hasn’t had a meaningful season since 2011). I would’ve preferred Afflalo to ET but I’m sure the asking price was higher. Bottom line though the pacers got better today.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Remember this short sighted comment a few months from now and then apologize to me then.

      …aside from the Afflalo comment, because yes he would’ve been preferable to Turner.

  8. antistratfordian - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    What happened to Pacers fans telling me that Danny Granger was going to be the x-factor? “…and we didn’t even have Danny Granger! He was an All-Star, you know!”

    Seems like the Pacers might a little desperate because of the funk they’re in.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      lol you’re acting as if the Pacers just got worse with this move? C’mon man. It’s a solid move. The pacers chemistry is all about the starting five. They have had interchangeable parts the last few seasons on the bench and that is fine. WORSE case scenario ET doesn’t pan out and fails; it leaves them exactly where they were last year. ET is problem now that best player on their bench, that in itself is a good move.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Pacers fans told me that Danny Granger was going to be the difference – I told them to hold their horses as successfully adding Granger should be difficult because of the way he plays. Now Pacers fans want to tell us that Evan Turner is the bee’s knees – waaaay better than Granger – and here I am again having to be the voice of reason.

        The Pacers may end up worse because of this move. That’s nothing to laugh about (in response to your opening “lol”).

        And for the love of James Naismith, chemistry is not just about the starting five. Not for the Pacers, not for any team.

  9. tmdill18 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    This is big for the Pacers. Danny still doesn’t have his legs after being out for 1.5 yrs. So he was easy to guard being one dimensional. Now we will have 2 slasher/scorer/playmaker wings on the floor 100% of the game. That will be huge. Guarantee the Heat aren’t happy to hear this. Plus ET will guard better than Danny. And it improves our running game, since ET is a good finisher in the open court.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Yeah, the Pacers need shooting so they pick up a guy who can’t shoot at all. Nice move.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Reminds me of when the Lakers needed a defensive point guard so they bring in Steve Nash.

  10. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Sixers got turner at the 2nd overall pick 4 years ago buddy . Not 4th overall lol

  11. theromeo2k - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see who will start for the Pacers at the 2 spot now. Are they going to stick with Lance, or will they make Turner the starter?

    Nonetheless, if the Pacers were Scary before this trade then I can’t imagine what they are now… The Heat should REALLY be concerned now if they weren’t already!

  12. brianjoates - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Larry is stockpiling that bench. Looks good on paper, but to be the man you have to beat the man. Playoffs are going to be great!

  13. coachjac30 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    What happened to the Sixers getting a first for Turner and Hawes like everyone was saying? Oh that’s right, they are garbage

  14. dablakdrphil - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Granger you held it down for as long as you could but with the rise of Paul George and your bulky knees and that $14mill expiring contract it was only a matter of time

    And that move was a great pick up for the Pacers it should improve their offense…will it be enough to dethrone the Heat? We shall see…all I know as a NBA fan, it’s going to be one helluva ECF!!

  15. 1509lucky - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Great move by Philly.they get a contract they can easily buy out,two first round pick plus Noel back next season,a ton of cap space to bring in a Big Ticket Free Agent in a very Winnable division.Sam Hinkie made some awesome moves today.

  16. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    Beat the Miami Flamers!!!!

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