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Report: Danny Granger wants buyout in Philadelphia, Sixers open to discussion

Feb 21, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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Danny Granger was one of the players who lost at the trade deadline — he was sent from a contender and the only team he has ever known in Indiana to the rebuilding and quite terrible Philadelphia 76ers.

Not shockingly, Granger would like to be bought out and play the rest of the season somewhere else. He just has to convince Sam Hinkie, the Sixers GM, this is a good idea.

Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted about it.

Hinkie met with the media Friday to discuss the trades and said he was open to the idea, but played his cards close to the vest, reports John Gonzalez at CSNPhilly.com.

“I think there’s a chance for us to have a discussion,” Hinkie replied. “How that goes, I don’t exactly know. He hasn’t come, but we’re organizing a flight for him to be here soon.”

As always, this really just comes down to money.

Granger is owed a pro-rated share of his $13+ million contract for this season (roughly $4.5 million) and if he’s willing to take enough of a cut of that to save the Sixers money they consider significant, the team will be open to a buyout. It’s just a matter of finding the number that works for both sides.

While Granger has been a shadow of his former self on the court this season if he is set free there would be good teams open to the idea of bringing him in (Miami created a roster spot by moving Roger Mason Jr., and they are looking for a three that can spell Dwyane Wade… you can see the fit). Granger can make it happen if he wants.

It’s just a matter of dollars. Same as it ever was.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Always Miami when a player is release, spurs only have kawhi at SF & he is currently hurt! !!

  2. prareedoggin - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Granger to Miami would be pretty funny considering all the times hes tried to size lebron up. Imagine him having a good game and a part in taking down the Pacers in the playoffs. That would be hilarious

    • wupsumskul - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Him and Ray fit nicely. Didn’t seem like a problem ray had the same mentality as granger. They fight for their team.

  3. thedano - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Imagine him have a good game……when was the last time he did? 3 years ago? 4?

    Just curious

  4. sellahh - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Indy did him dirty (yes, he did suck this season and) but I still would hate him to sign with Miami.

  5. freeworld - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    spurs will sign him cheap if he gets the buyout

  6. csbanter - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This is why the NBA in man eyes have problems. Granger has missed most of the past 2 seasons, but let’s be clear he didn’t miss one nba game check. Now he wants to be a front runner and go to the spurs,heat or thunder. Whatever happened to competitive spirit ? The 76ers should tell Granger you either play for us or sit out the season with no pay.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      What? competitve spirit? Philly are NOT looking to win games. Granger is now at the age of 30. He got no time for a team that is beginning the rebuild process.

      He wants to go somewhere where he can win and win now. And let’s be honest, Philly isn’t going to keep him either.

      I completely understand Granger’s position. His window of oppt. is closing.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        @RAVENZ–That’s all well and good granger 30 doesn’t have time for rebuild I get it,hes pouting like million dollar baby, but that fine he wants to win like life there is a cost DANNY GRANGER how bad do you want to win. You are owed a pro rated 4.5 mill sixers are on hook for, but you want to win? If Im sixers Id give him nothing say fine we will buy you out here is 0 dollars how bad do you want to win? 0 incentive for sixers to cut a check for any portion of the 4.5 mill just bc hes unhappy, it part of his profession, trades etc. if you don’t like it do something else DANNY. Government jobs start at 10$/ hour now with guarantee of not being traded do that.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Uh, competitive spirit?

      The 76′ers traded away every player on their team who could create their own shot except for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young.

      A player with a competitive spirit should want to leave the 76′ers because they’re not interested in competing this year.

      • andyreidisfat - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        You sir must not have ever seen E. Turner play. He can create anything. And hawes i guess can get his own shot, but at 7 feet you should be able to get good looks from the three point line ……… The sixer got better by those trades.

        As far as granger goes, if i were hinkie i would say we would be happy to let you go if you eat every penny of your remaining salary. IF the sixer don’t have to pay at all Granger can go sit on whatever bench he wants.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        @andyreidisfat I hate to break it to you, but Evan Turner has been traded. Did you think Granger was a gift from the Pacers?

  7. chc4 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This is what’s wrong with the NBA. Now he goes to Miami for $0. Just dumb.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I’ve never been a big Granger fan. I’ve always been a Caron Butler fan. But there’s definitely something that would make me laugh sinisterly if Granger signs here.

    But I am partial to Caron Butler.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Butler makes more sense than Granger for your team.

      Butler’s played a bit better than Granger, and he has ties to the team as a former Heat player who is still buddies with Wade.

      However, no guarantee the Bucks buy Butler out. Even in his diminished state, Granger could easily end up as the best free agent wing player.

    • miamatt - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      We are on the exact same wavelength on this one. Caron Butler is the one who I hope shakes free from the tree, though Granger of course would come in with a chip on his shoulder and make for interesting theater. Richard Jefferson is the dark horse option.

  9. Wammy Giveaway - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Another team I’m hearing that could pick up Danny Granger is the Clippers. If they do get him, the Clippers will finally have a true Big 3 of Paul, Granger and Griffin.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      So all it takes to get included in a ‘Big 3′ is 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist a game on 36% shooting? Dial it back, man.

  10. bhunter1995 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    He would be a perfect fit for the Spurs.

  11. prareedoggin - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I don’t really care for Granger, I’d rather have Butler. Granger isn’t on my list of players never to play on the Heat tho. Noah, Rondo, KG, Pierce, Terry, Boozer are a few that I would not welcome no matter how good they are

  12. csbanter - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    The Spurs have Danny Green to knock down 3s spotting up. Granger is the same player just taller. Miami have Battier,Allen,Lewis to shoot 3s. There is no way between Durant and Westbrook would there be enough touches for Granger. Granger should consider the Bobcats or something. The other teams just font need him.

  13. asimonetti88 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I would laugh so hard Granger went to Miami and Miami fans all of a sudden started talking him up

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Sort of like how Lakers fans went from saying Dwight Howard made the Lakers championship contenders before he decided to leave to saying the Lakers were better off with Chris Kaman instead after Dwight choose Houston.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      It’s not about Granger. It’s about destroying the spirit of the Pacers. You know it killed the Celtics and their fans that Ray Allen signed here, and you know it’ll do the same with The Pacers.

  14. phillysports1 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    @casualcommenter

    I think we all know we’re not competing this year . Who’s your team by the way ? Lol

  15. dolphindubs - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    @1972wasalongtimeago

    Agreed. I’d rather see Butler back in a Heat uniform. Even though the Shaq trade brought a championship to Miami, I still feel robbed not getting the chance to see what type of team that Wade/Butler/Odom core could have become.

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Well, the ’04-05 Lakers went 34-48 with a Kobe/Butler/Odom core. Nobody got a chance to see how they would pan out either because Kupchak traded Butler for the immortal Kwame Brown.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      You know.. there’s a such thing as a reply button on this blog. Try it out.

  16. scottleroyfriend - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Is Granger Te’oing in that picture? Wow, buddy, that was last year get with the times.

  17. dablakdrphil - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    If I had an opportunity to play with the best player in the galaxy regardless of past fueds and playoff battles I would definitely want to sign with Lebron James and The Heat as well. At the end of the day it’s a business and the ultimate goal in the end is to win a championship. If he actually ends up signing with SA or OKC those are still great destinations as well and OKC could use another scorer off their bench as well

  18. turkbox420 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Steve Blake was the fastest I have ever seen someone play for another team. He looked good too.
    Granger lives in New Mexico I think so it would`t surprise me if he ends up in Phx or something.

    • beavertonsteve - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Yeah. That was pretty fast. In major sports I think Joel Youngblood has to have the record for quickest suit up. He played for two different MLB teams in the same day and got a hit for both teams.

  19. sportsnut101 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Thunder need him n earl Clark both for bench help n depth

  20. fruitcovejag - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Always has been Overrated! Can average 25 but it takes him 25 shots per game to get the points. Shoots a low percentage. Was waiting for the Pacers to make this move. Better team without him.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      The most shots per game Granger has ever averaged is 19. The year he scored 26 PPG he shot 45% from the field.

  21. chaser44 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    f him I agree if he wants to go somewhere else this year than eat all the money. This culture of dumping contracts and trading money is the fault of both sides players and management. That being said I hate how players think they deserve to dictate everything and anything, playing time, coaches, where they play, what position. What happened to doing what you are told by the person signing the checks. The sixers should be on the hook for more money than the heat if he gets bought out and signs there? how does that make sense or how is that fair to the rest of the league. They should not get a player dropped in their lap like that, they should have to give something up to get something. Credibility of this league is so low, nba is the worst pro league

    • turkbox420 - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      Don`t post on the articles then if you hate it. Go watch men`s figure skating.

  22. p31squared - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    If he wants to win a championship, he should re-sign with the Pacers.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Can’t. It’s against the rules to sign with a team after they’ve traded you.

  23. macjacmccoy - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    God Im a sixers fan and really a Heat hater but I would love to see him sign with them. I have listened to Pacer fans say how he was gonna be a difference maker for them against the Heat this year. Then when they traded him for ET all I heard was that he’s washed up and a nobody and that the Heat should be scared to death of the Pacers now. So what would be better than him signing with the Heat. The wishy washy flip floppin Pacer fans wouldn’t be able to tell which way was up anymore.

    Im not really a huge basketball fan. Meaning I dont really watch games outside of my team, but it would make one hell of a storyline and give me real incentive to watch every game between the Heat and the Pacers for the rest of this season.

    God Hinkie MAKE IT HAPPEN.

  24. psubeerman21 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Peace out, bitch

  25. justwannawinna - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    If im the Sixers id give him minimal money for a buyout and basically tell him that if he wants to play for a winner then he’d have to pay for thay opportunity.. and I think the best fit for Granger is the Clippers who are on the brink but need another decent player like Granger but great move by Hinkie.

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