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Danny Granger misses Sixers practice, expected to meet with head coach before buyout is discussed

Feb 23, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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Danny Granger was less than thrilled with his deadline day trade that sent him from the East’s best team in the Pacers to one of its worst in the rebuilding Sixers.

The subject of a buyout was brought up almost immediately by Granger’s camp, and the Sixers aren’t opposed to negotiating one, considering that they’re looking to give younger players the bulk of the minutes to develop them for the future rather than play veterans like Granger to try and notch meaningless wins this season.

Granger hasn’t yet practiced with the Sixers, but head coach Brett Brown said he expects to meet with him in advance of any buyout discussions.

From Dei Lynam of

When the curtain went up on Sunday’s Sixers practice there was no sign of Danny Granger. Brett Brown confirmed that Granger, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, had not attended the practice.

“Sam [Hinkie] has met with him,” Brown explained. “He has done his physical. He will come back and I will sit down with him for the first time now that the physicals have been had and talk with him.”

There is very much a feeling that Granger would like a buyout from the Sixers and one league source says the Sixers would be willing to negotiate that.

It’s tough to envision a scenario where Granger stays in Philadelphia for the remainder of the season, no matter the outcome of his meeting with Brown.

Granger is going to want the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful role for a team destined for the postseason — not only because it’s more fun to play for a winner, but also because he needs to prove he can still be a factor for someone before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Although I’d love to see Indy’s reaction if Granger signed with the Heat, he’d be stupid to do so and the Heat probably shouldn’t want him.

    He’d get no minutes in Miami. He’s better off going to a lesser team where he could put up numbers. And for the Heat, Spo has too many guys to give minutes to as it is. Who’d minutes would Grangervget? Rashard Lewis? James Jones? Exactly.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Maybe he wants to guarantee himself a chance to see the Pacers in the playoffs?

      • beach305 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        He may need off season to recover, so I’m not sure the Heat signing him would be a ideal at this time.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Anyone the Heat adds will just be bloat, really – even if they tabbed another 7 footer. So I’m not sure what “ideal” would be for them. Everyone wants them to add size or rebounders, but they always add guards or wings. Who knows what they’re thinking this time.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Agreed with this to a certain extent. It depends on what his goal is.

      If his goal is to make a championship run with a new team, even if he’s deep on the bench, the elite contenders looking for wing depth are either the Heat or the Spurs. He wouldn’t be a starter, but he’d have a chance to contribute as a backup.

      If his goal is to try to improve his odds of getting a deal in free agency by putting up numbers and showcasing his defensive skills, he needs to join a team that needs starting wing players and has a poor offense that needs someone to try to create shots for himself and others. That’s not the Heat or the Spurs. The Bulls after the Deng trade and with Butler injured comes to mind. Rather than compete with LeBron or Wade for shots, he’d be competing with Tony Snell for shots. Much easier to get opportunities that way to fill the stat sheet.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:52 AM

        After reading your post, if he isn’t looking for a ring and rather a place to put up numbers for his next deal, then he wouldn’t go to bulls hed stay in Philly. We play no defense, teams get over 100 per game allowing sixers so many more shots per game Granger stayed here hed have inflated Offensive numbers, and it will get him over paid. Our team was so bad it made Evan Turner look good with his inflated number and believing he will be difference maker in Indy. If he is looking to put up the best number he will stay in Philly.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:08 AM

        Granger is going to get a deal in free agency regardless, but he can actually market himself better with a few big plays in the finals, as opposed to longer stretches of solid play over the final 20-some games of the season on a non-contender.

        If you put any weight into Larry Bird’s assessment of his character, you might expect Granger to opt for what appears to offer the largest gain on the least amount of work. That might mean that he’d eschew busting his tail every night for a team like Chicago for the opportunity to come off the bench for, say, the Heat or the Spurs, to try to grab some spotlight with timely shots deep in the playoffs.

        In any case, he’d get more exposure sitting on the bench in Miami than he would starting for the Sixers.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      He could play the 5 games out of every 7 that Wade rests…

    • heat256 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      It may depend on how healthy he is to contribute. He is a decent defender, and his shot may prove helpful. The Heat need a good wing defender to take the burden off LeBron whenever possible.

  2. pdub923 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Per league rules, would he be allowed to sign with Indiana? Even though he was mad about being traded, that team seemed like a tight-knit group with very specific goals. If he was very bought into that community, that team and it’s direction, he could still contribute to their championship run.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      No he can not leave and sign with Indy until summer, and I live Philly area, Granger met with Hinkie today rumors around here Hinkie isn’t interested buyout, hes favoring keeping him the remainder and a summer sign and trade is more appealing to him. We shall see. The meeting with brown today was basically to sell granger on being here(sixers) and how he be used.

      • pantsfreezone - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:35 AM

        Isn’t his deal ridiculous though? Who would want to pay him 14m/yr to play for them?

      • ewyorksockexchange - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        A team that’s below the salary floor. That and getting a pick were basically the only reason the sixers made the move.

      • sixerstrong - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        That’s what I’ve been telling people the whole time. Philly has no reason to buy him out. They are already at the cap floor, so any money they save by buying out Granger, they would have to make up by paying the remaining players more, plus they would be giving up the asset of the sign-and-trade.

        Also, Granger will be giving up his Bird rights in a buyout, so it may not be the most advantageous to him. Unless he’s only looking to stick it to the Pacers, and in that case, he’s already done his part. Turner and Bynum will do the rest and ruin whatever good chemistry they had.

  3. jbink2585 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    Well all deals are ridiculous, but yes I agree I see no reason even Granger with healthy knees every to be worth 14m annual. Id also not buy him out either. Sixers are on hook for a the remaining 4.5 mill of the 14 he gets this year, and if he wants a contender so bad, if Im sam hinkie id say ill gladly buy you out at 0 dollars. If you wanna forfeit the 4.5 mill, and go win be my guest, but under no circumstance would I cut him a check for anymore to walk away.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:54 AM

    Guy gets traded, guy pouts, guy gets bought out and signs elsewhere. That seems ridiculous to me. You sign a guaranteed contract, you should expect to fulfill it. Same goes for the teams’ aspect of it: you traded for the guy, you keep him the rest of the year.

    • bkbell3 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      The thing is Phil. didn’t trade for granger because they wanted him. They used him to get rid of turner’s contract knowing granger is in the final year of his contract which is mostly paid for by indy this year.If they give him a buyout they save even more money and don’t take a chance that he helps them win more games and cost them a higher draft pick.So who has the higher ground a guy who wants to play meaningful games or a team looking to tank and not put out the best product for their paying fans?

      • jbink2585 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Absolutely False, I live in area, they didn’t trade for Granger because they wanted him but trading for Granger got the Sixer to the Salry Cap floor, and Hinkie was able to get a second round pick. Turners contract had absolutely nothing to do with it, and sixers will pay Granger more for rest of year than ET would have received. Sixers already have saved money Granger allows them to get to floor if they buy him out then whatever of the 4.5 the owe granger would have to get evenly distributed to the remaining to the existing roster. I watch this team nightly Granger would put up number here but he wont cause this team to win game we are bad. We play no defense at all, granger may just cause us to lose124-118, rather than 1109-101. Hinkie was on radio today said a Grnager sign and trade in summer is very intriguing to him much more than buyout.

      • bkbell3 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        jbink, what the hell are you babbling about. They didn’t need to trade anybody to get to the floor they could of added players or just pay the shortfall to the players on roster. They wanted turner’s 9 million dollar contract gone for next year and Granger is a free agent next year. Also if let’s say that they buy out Granger for only 1 million then only 1 million counts toward the floor and they would still be short. Again if you read my comment above they DIDN’T WANT TURNER OR GRANGER they wanted to save 9 million dollars next year.

  5. icdogg - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    The worst nightmare situation for the Sixers here would be if Granger remains with the team, plays well, and wins some games for them. This would be a disaster for a team that needs to lose as many games as possible for the remainder of the season.

    I think there will be a buyout, but there may be some haggling over what that buyout is. The Sixers are not going to just pay him the full value of the rest of the contract to walk away.

    • sixerstrong - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Belive me, Granger is not going to make up for the lost production (if you can call it that) of both Turner and Hawes. Granger can be the second coming of Jordan, but if you have Byron Mullens or Arnett Moultrie as your starting center, then you don’t have much to worry about as far as winning games.

  6. lastdukestreetking - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    LeBron doesn’t like him so the Heat won’t sign him.

    • chadley71 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      granger dislikes the heat too, so why do people say he would sign with Miami?
      there ARE other teams besides the one on “South Beach”

  7. chadley71 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    sounds like the 76ers are toxic

  8. phillycannon - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    would be real stupid to buy this guy out. sign and trade. dont let him walk and only getting a 2nd round pick out the trade.

  9. bhunter1995 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Philly looks to be an up and coming playoff team in the next few years. MCW, Noel, Young and all those draft picks they have stocked will turn into a young competitve core. Granger could stay and be a part of that but its obvious that he wants to be on a contender or at least a playoff team. If I were him I would take my chances with Philly, get back in an offensive rhythm and get back to 20 PPG or so and either test free agency or stay with the core of young players that the Sixers will have. They have a chance to get multiple impact players in the draft in both this years draft and next years draft. If they hit on thier picks the Sixers might become a force in the east in the next couple of years.

  10. jbink2585 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Longer this guy on IMO buyout seems less likely

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