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It’s official: Sixers reach buyout with Danny Granger; Clippers frontrunners to land him

Feb 26, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

Danny Granger AP

Danny Granger is going to get his chance to play for a contender — and his next contract. Which it looks like he will do as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

While this has been expected for days it has become official: The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a buyout agreement with Granger, , something first reported by David Aldridge of (and TNT). This has been confirmed by All this means after he clears waivers on Friday Granger will be a free agent with a number of the league’s top teams lining up his services.

“A trade is never easy, especially when you have been with one team your entire career,” Granger said Wednesday in a statement to “But, the professionalism, honesty, time and care the Philadelphia 76ers spent on my situation made me feel appreciated and confident we would reach a mutually beneficial resolution. I would personally like to thank the 76ers, General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown and the rest of their organization for taking the time to get to know me, understand what I am looking for, and help me to find a result that makes the most sense for my future, as well as their own.”

A number of top teams are lined up for Granger: the Spurs, Clippers, Heat, Rockets, Mavericks and Bulls.

However, the Clippers are now the frontrunners reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Once Granger clears waivers in the next 48 hours, the Clippers’ ability to offer him significant playing time and championship contention under coach Doc Rivers makes them the most attractive destination, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Still, the San Antonio Spurs remain a viable possibility for Granger. The Spurs are selling Granger on a modern-day variation of the Robert Horry role in San Antonio, league sources said. Granger is expected to speak with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford in the near future, sources said.

The Clippers have been disappointed in the performance of Jared Dudley at the three and now it is Matt Barnes who is getting the starts. Doc Rivers is looking for someone to step up and provide quality minutes at the three and Granger would get his chance to do so.

San Antonio, however, has resurrected more careers because of a great system where they ask players to do what they do well and not play to their weaknesses.

Granger ended up in Philly in a deadline trade that sent Evan Turner to the Pacers. Indy thought Turner would be a better fit in their sixth man role.

Granger averaged 8.3 points a game for the Pacers this season after returning from multiple knee surgeries. The former All-Star has looked rusty and older, with a true shooting percentage of just 49.1 and a PER of 10.4. He was never comfortable as the sixth man in Indiana and teams are betting that a change of scenery brings him back closer to his former self.

With the buyout Granger will be a free agent this summer (unless the Clippers offer multiple years, which is unlikely). Granger is not only playing for a title but his next payday now.

  1. bhunter1995 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Is it just me, or do the Clippers literally try to sign everyone regardless of whether or not they are a good fit. This is a good fit and it would be a good move but the Clippers have signed an obnoxious amount of players over the course of the past two years.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Doc wants Granger because he wants a True Big 3. Even though Jordan has done well to improve defensively, he’s not an All-Star. There were lot of talks during the regular season about how the Clippers Big 3 of Paul, Griffin and Jordan is a fake, and that they needed to trade for a third superstar if they want to be looked at as a Big 3. There were talks about Melo, Love and even LeBron filling the void, but the Clippers would have had to wait until next season for that to happen.

      With Granger presumably in the fold, Doc no longer has to worry about waiting til next season to win. Doc can use Granger the same way he used Pierce during the Celtics run. He also knows how to play defense, something the roster hasn’t fully grabbed.

      In fact, the reason why Doc got Big Baby was because the Clippers roster (including the starters) don’t know how to play in Doc’s defensive system properly. When they’re playing the western conference, the end result is always the same: opponent still score over 100 points. Doc needed somebody from his 2008 championship team to help streamline the process. Big Baby would serve as an example on how to properly implement his system.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Granger is not a superstar… not even close. Please look at his stats (across the board – here is a link/web address for you to make it easier).

        He’s good, or was good for a couple of seasons. He still can be again, he just needs to show it as the last two years sadly were lost to injury.

        He’s had two seasons where he shot above 45% from the field and those were his first two seasons in the league. From his age 24 season on he’s not shot 45%.

        His career FG% is only .435% That is not a superstar’s shooting percentage. Look up superstars stats and you’ll see this quickly.

        His career PER is a tad over 17, which is good, he’s a good 3rd banana. The league average is 15.0

        He might use Granger like Paul Pierce as you stated, but he is not Paul Pierce. Pierce has a career PER over 20 which is All-Star level.

        As for defense. Pierce gives up 102 points per 100 possessions to those he guards.

        Granger gives up 106 points per 100 possessions to those he guards.

        Granger is a good player, don’t get me wrong, but he is NOT a superstar. Not even close.

        I think it’s a good pickup for the Clippers, if they can sign him. He’ll add to their team on the wing. The Clips have good leadership with Doc and it’s Chris Paul’s team so that’s all in place.

      • unxpexted1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        sportsfan i love when you use stats properly. Good post.

    • dablakdrphil - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      That’s because Doc needs a player who can produce and defend at the 3, I’ve watched a lot of Clippers game and Dudley is a huge liability on defense. When he was with the Suns he was also an excellent passer and demonstrated good passing skills and that’s been non existent his 1st year with the Clippers,

      Matt Barnes is okay but he’s not what Doc is looking for

      Hedo Turkoglu has shot the ball well but he is definitely slow on D

      If they’re able to land Granger he could provide huge minutes and maybe start for the Clippers at at the 3,

    • daddyghi - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      That’s exactly what i was thinking.. every player that gets a buy-out, either the Clippers or the Heat becomes the front runner. Always.

  2. jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I give credit to my sixers team and organization for granting DG buyout wish. The city and organization gets flack for being classless,and doing things wrong, but they bought this guy out and they literally get no benefit from it. The money they save on DG they still have to spend on the remaining roster just to reach the salary cap floor. Kudos to Sam Hinkie hopefully do the right thing the BBALL gods will reward us. LOL

  3. spursareold - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I just think it’s funny that the media touts the Clips as contenders. They’re a nice team, but CP3 shrivels at the sight of Silver and Black.

    • shadowgamesshades - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      This. He’s 0-2 against the Spurs in the playoffs.. Choked a 3-2 lead against them WITH homecourt and got swept by them. Granger will only go to the Clippers because LA is a nicer city than San Antonio. Players should sign with contenders regardless of market size.

      • blackman24 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        So I guess it has nothing to do with the Spurs having a better overall team than the 12 Clippers and Hornets in 08?

      • Wammy Giveaway - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        CP3 is weak against the Spurs overall. In his career, he is 14-27 against the Silver and Black, regular season and playoff games combined.

        Since the Big 3 of Pierce, Allen and Garnett, Doc Rivers is an even 7-7 against them. He might be able to help, but very little.

        The only person who can truly defeat the Spurs is Phil Jackson, but he’s retired. For reference, Phil is 38-29 against San Antonio following the 1998-99 NBA Lockout season, regular season and playoff games combined. It’s a Lakers stat, I know.

      • spursareold - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        LA may have more business/show business opportunities than SA, but it’s hardly “nicer”. You act like we’re Sacramento or something.

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        This Heat team has done pretty good against this Spurs team. I recall that the Heat gave the Spurs their only loss in the Finals during the Duncan era…

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        I would rather live in Texas then LA. Much hotter women, and much cheaper cost of living.

    • azarkhan - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      What happened in previous years has absolutely nothing to do with this year. Paul was only 22 when the Hornets played the Spurs in 2008 and the Clippers are a very different team than they were in 2012 when the Spurs beat them. The only thing for certain is that the Western Conference is loaded and nobody is going to have a cakewalk to the Finals.

  4. sumkat - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    What is the Sixers payroll now? 25 million ish?

    Does anyone besides Thad Youg and the Thief (Aka Jason Richardson) make more than they are obligated by the CBA to get paid (either rookie contracts, or league minimum)?

    • dablakdrphil - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Wooooow I completely forgot about Jason Richardson!!

  5. metalhead65 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    it is nice that Granger has so many teams interested in him but those teams do realze there iss a reason the Pacers who are acontending team got rid of him right? it was not for cap space but for the fact the guy is a shell of the player he was. his knees are shot and he can’t shoot lke he used to. other than that he is a great guy.

    • kinggw - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      The Pacers got rid of Granger because they were trying to deliver a spark. They have seen their once comfortable lead in the East become tenuous.

      You cannot with a straight face say the Pacers got rid of Granger because he can’t shoot like he used to when they acquired a guy who shoots worse than Granger and may not be as good a defender. Turner isn’t much of an upgrade over Granger. The one good thing about the Turner acquisition is that it gives the Pacers a decent replacement if they aren’t able to resign Stephenson.

      One thing the Pacers moves of the past few weeks (adding Bynum and Turner) have done is indirectly sent a message that they didnt think they were good enough to be the Heat. Why else would you risk hurting team chemistry and bring aboard a couple of guys you really didn’t need?

  6. phillycannon - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    its not like he getting a chip anyway. he took less money for a little over 20 games to be stuck on the bench for another. Granger you dummy…..shouldve showed and proved that you were still a good player with the Sixers, and then left in the summer. Great agent you have!!!

    • azarkhan - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      He’ll be 31 in April. He’s not interested in wasting time with a loser (76ers are 15-42) when he can be on a playoff team this year. PS: Maybe you’re the dummy.

      • blackman24 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM


      • jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        @AZAR– Not sure anyone is the dummy. as I pointed out below nobody knows what this move is for granger dumb or not dumb. If hes looking to get a ring, make less money, and hes settled with hes not a starter in this league and he wants to establish himself as a good bench player great move. If he has hopes of becoming a starter, and making the most possible $ on his next deal this buyout was a severe misstep by him and his agent. I explained below

      • dablakdrphil - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Def the dummy now

      • phillycannon - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        @azarkhan. Sir….you have no clue on basketball and the business aspect. Tell me who will he get a ring with? The problem with you as a so called basketball fan is, you dont think about life after the sport. A ring is the goal , but solidify your legacy!!!

        “If” he does get a chip, will he contribute or be known as the guy who just signed on to a team for a playoff run. He has shotty knees, and will play less than 20 minutes a game with a playoff team.

        So if he doesnt get a chip….what will be his excuse in the summer, and why he cant get a contract for more than 3.5 mil a year????

  7. velocirep - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Losing always looks bad on your resume. 20 games or not this move helps him get paid for the next. 3-5years. And playing with a contender should add to the drive he needs to get back to all star level. He could come up short and just become a role player, nobody knows for sure, he’s just responsible to put himself in the right position to excel. Winning teams do that. The 76ers are doing everything to lose. He’d probably be best on Spurs long term. TP, KLeonard, pop and granger is a strong nucleus for the length of his next contract

    • jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      @velo–perhaps the dumbest thing Iv ever read winning absolutely has little to do with getting contracts and paid. I can name a laundry list of players that got paid and never won. Sixers absolutely would have offered him full time minutes and best ability to show hes healthy. By going to a contender he will get limited minutes and limited opportunities. Starter money and bench money two different things. Now by going to a contender and his limited action when FA hits this summer teams will ask but yes he only played bench minutes didn’t player starter minutes can his body withstand starters minutes over a full season. By running 25 games with sixers he could have answered them questions. The only way this is a good move is if DG has accepted hell never be a starter in this league.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        If DG has resigned to the fact hes done being a starter, and hes not looking to make the most money possible, and his only goal is a ring, WELL then it was right choice but if a ring isn’t his #1 priority this was a severe misstep

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        I tend to agree with you, jbink. I think if Granger wanted to play for his next contract, he would have stayed with the 76ers and became “the (healthy) man” for them over the duration of this season. If he goes to the Clippers or the Spurs, he’ll come off the bench and have a similar role as he had in Indiana. However, what if he went to the Bulls? On the Bulls, he joins a playoff team (currently 4th in the East, if I’m not mistaken) and can pretty much be the #1 offensive option. And if he decided to re-sign with them this off-season, he has the chance to be the #2 to Rose. So he kills all birds with one team: he shows he is still healthy and can be a major contributor for a playoff team, while setting up a potential long-term deal with this team who will be getting their franchise player back.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        @FANOFTHEGAME– No def im just saying in regards to the mentioned teams Heat.Clips,OkC, and Spurs etc these teams hed be accepting a bench role for rest of career. Im also not saying that Sixers are only team that would allow him to prove his starters worth, there are other teams Bulls def also I just didn’t see them mentioned in DG RACE.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        “By running 25 games with sixers he could have answered them questions.”

        Indeed he could have – but maybe he didn’t want to run the risk of the answer being “no” when the rest of the season off the bench and then the off-season for further recovery would certainly find some interest around the league, even with those questions. I’m not sure he’s wrong if he’s seeing it like that. (I’m not sure he’s right either.)

  8. ro20sa - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    This is ridiculous! Granger would be a fool to sign with the clippers! He does not fit there. I would say he’s more attracted to the city than the actual team! SA seems to snag veterans when they are in there way out and yes granger is relatively young, but he isn’t the player he was. Clippers would literally run him into retirement a few years early. Pop will be able to manage his minutes, give him steady minutes behind an emerging Leonard, and possibly be the go to guy in a very solid 2nd unit of scorers in mills, Manu, bellinelli, and splitter/diaw. He would constantly get open looks in either unit. And who’s not to say he wouldn’t be in the game during crunch time with Danny green being as inconsistent as he is.?!

    • antistratfordian - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Why doesn’t Granger fit with the Clippers? I don’t think he fits the culture of San Antonio, personally.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Philly is truly pathetic as a team. Can you intentionally fail worse than this?

    • jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Bud pathetic yes but this was there intention you had to be under a rock to know they aren’t tanking, they laid out there plain and executing it. So fail would be the wrong word they are successfully executing the plan they laid out for the beginning of the year. Going into next year they will have MCW, NOEL, and either embed, parker or wiggans. That is pretty solid 3 and they have pelicans pick which will be top 12 this year. Will the plan work who knows but it was necessary bc we would have continued to get an 5-8 seed and hovered around and maybe won a series if lucky but never serious contenders. This was necessary, will it work who knows worth a shot.

    • philadelphiafan - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM


      I think you’re missing the point of what tanking actually is.

      Intentionally failing = Tanking

  10. money2long - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    in all honesty, im curious to see where he goes and hope he finds a groove, close to his old self, which i know is asking too much.

  11. ebrownwareagle - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    DG healthy is a STUD.

  12. ebrownwareagle - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    DG Healthy is a StUD. Pacers Just TRADED away the Championship! Book IT.

  13. phillysports1 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    We trade iggy for nothing , Orlando’s mo harkless and vukavic ( don’t know if I spell his last name incorrectly ) for nothing when we drafted them , and traded Evan turner for nothing. By the way I just left the sixers game vs Orlando as I’m writing this , good to see Jameer nelson back in philly !

    • sumkat - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Harkelss and Vukavic was a gamble, it didn’t pan out, but it could of been worse (they are bad enough that they probably won’t have to give up either of the protected 1sts in that deal). At the time, it was worth the gamble. Worst case, they started the rebuild 1 year earlier, they got the worst case, but what are you gonna do? Iggy had to go, we had hit the ceiling with a that team, it would of been the same result year after year. Never very good, never very bad. NBA death sentence

      Turner, who cares? Gotta cut your losses. They weren’t going to sign him anyway. Besides, they didn’t get “nothing”. Between him and Hawes, they stockpiled a lot of 2nds. They could go a long way in future deals for late 1sts (that don’t want to pay the contract), or for salary dumps. They didn’t get what I would call cornerstones for the new franchise, but they picked up a bunch of wild cards. The cornerstones are MCW, Noel, and the 2 picks this year (and to a lesser degree, Young if he sticks around)

  14. jbink2585 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    IGGY/Harkless/Vucevic was same deal wasn’t for nothing was for BYNUM which everyone loved when it went down it went the wrong way on us but was def worth the shot. Evan Turner stinks and is probably worth what you got maybe a little bit higher of a second but nothing more. You got a pick for Turner in which you would have got 0 for him when he walked in summer

  15. phillysports1 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Yea I been knew that , still . It’s frustrating

  16. kb2408 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    What happened to all the talk about free agents wanting to play for the Heat? Evidently that’s not the case for all free agents not named Greg Oden. Bynum? Nope. Granger? Nope. Turner? Nope.

    • paleihe - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      Evan Turner wasn’t a free agent. He was traded.

  17. dolphindubs - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:49 AM


    Perspective, bro.

    Maybe its not so much free agents not wanting to go to Miami, rather Miami not wanting to go after them.

  18. jbeagles23 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Truth is if the clippers in the last couple days can sign two players to play significant minutes at this point in the season it shows how far off they really are from beibg contenders

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