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It’s official: Danny Granger is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers

Feb 28, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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Doc Rivers realized earlier this season that this Clippers roster was not going to be enough to contend in the West. Now during buyout season he’s gone and added some talent.

Glen Davis as the third big will be the most important addition — he’s solid and that makes him a massive upgrade over Ryan Hollins.

As expected, the Clippers now also have officially signed Danny Granger, the team announced. Granger had been traded from Indiana to Philly for Evan Turner, then Granger arranged a buyout with the Sixers. The former All-Star who has missed significant time the past couple years with knee injuries spoke with the Clippers official site:

“It’s still kind of surreal honestly,” Granger said Friday afternoon. “I’ve been in Indiana my whole career. I’ve always seen ‘Granger 33’ with Pacers on top of it. So, it’s going to be a change, but I’ll be happy.”

“I think I bring another dynamic,” Granger said. “I’m a bigger small forward. I can play the 4 as well. And I can shoot the ball and when you add that to the type of offense that we have: up-tempo, shoot a lot of threes, go out and space the court. That’s the kind of offense that I think I would thrive in.”

Granger certainly provides some depth at a position the Clippers have been lacking. Jared Dudley has been a disappointment at the three and now Matt Barnes has slid ahead of him in the rotation, plus J.J. Redick remains out indefinitely with a back injury.

I’m just not sold Granger is really much of an answer. He is certainly no savior.

Granger has looked rusty and older, averaging 8.3 points a game for the Pacers this season with a true shooting percentage of just 49.1 and a PER of 10.4.

More than that, Dudley has shot better than Granger everywhere on the court this season (stats via NBA.com.). The pair are identical on corner threes but Granger was better everywhere else — above the break threes (+2.8), in midrange (+18.1%) and at rim (+15.1%). Granger at this point isn’t really a better defender than Dudley either.

It’s still an upgrade for the Clippers, Granger provides more depth. But if Clipper fans think plugging Granger in at the three makes them a contender they are in for a shock.

  1. echech88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I think you meant to say “Dudley was better everywhere else” …otherwise those stats would suggest Granger is a clear upgrade

  2. RavenzGunnerz - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    It’s raining in LA, FA are running away from the Lakers, FA are lining up to sign for the clippers…

    ^^^^^ twilight zone.

  3. antistratfordian - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    That is a great place for him.

  4. glenuendo - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Remember when we used to trash talk the Clippers because of Donald Sterling?

    • RavenzGunnerz - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Me neither

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      We still do. This is still a guy who pledged land and money to build a homeless shelter, then pulled that promise land and money and used it all for his own personal gain instead. Just don’t ask the LA Times about that incident. Seeing as Sterling bought them out and everything.

    • adoombray - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Nobody from Los Angeles will ever stop trash talking the Clippers because of Sterling. the guy is a slumlord first and foremost and his association with the Clippers is at best ignored.

      The Clippers are better because of they have the best point guard in basketball and everyone wants to play with him. Chris Paul also hand picked one of the best coaches in the game too. Sterling went with all of this because it makes business sense, not because he’s suddenly a great guy.

  5. itswhereyourmindsat - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    We get it Kurt, you don’t like Granger

  6. urallstupid - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    these writers and proofreading….

    • antistratfordian - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      That’s what you’re here for.

  7. casualcommenter - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    He’s depth, not an upgrade, which is what you’re looking for this late in the season for a minimum deal. Still a good signing.

  8. manilamobb - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    As a Pacers fan i’m just glad he didnt sign with Miami.

  9. khmerson562 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    16 time nba champs lakers

    • reastnt - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      With a 20-39 record.

  10. fearthehoody - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    So happy this went down! Dudley sucks, but will be a solid reserve.

  11. provguard - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    To give up Bledsoe for Dudley, whoever was responsible should be fired…

    • lonnie49 - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      it wasn’t just Bledsoe for Dudley, the Redick/Butler deal was also tied in.

  12. getlow81 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    I’m shakin’ in ma boots!

  13. ufools - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    @provguard

    They play different positions. Paul is the superior player and Bledsoe would have never started unless Paul was hurt.

    Clips gave him a chance to showcase skills before he earned a big contract.

    They were going to lose him anyway.

    • adoombray - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Your argument might have weight if the Clippers didnt play Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups together. Bledsoe is more of a 2 guard than Chauncey ever was. They absolutely coulda started Bledsoe at the 2, and if not that, he was the biggest name out there and a highly sought after asset, they coulda done a lot better than Dudley, and I really like Dudley but he’s a bench guy.

  14. belleby123 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I’m asking because I have no idea: does anyone expect Granger to be an impact player?

  15. pbinlostangeles - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    After bringing in Celtic blood to coach, it doesn’t matter what Sterling and the Clippers ever do; they‘re always going to smell like fish!
    And those L.A. fair-weather fans who’ve jumped onto that sorry ship, better enjoy it. Granger is making $14+ million this season, so if this team goes deep into the playoffs, like the Lakers in years gone by, the gutty little Clippers will be very hard pressed to keep the strength of this current roster intact with cap restrictions et al.
    This is what Stern’s “vision” for the NBA – with a team in every city except Seattle – has done to our American game of professional basketball; a talent pool so shallow, there isn’t much to trade for. Don’t believe me? Ask yourself how many current conference leading teams, are but one injury away from middle-of-the-pack mediocrity?

  16. JT - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Solid move, with CP3 in the fold he can make anybody play a lil bit better. Low risk high reward move

    http://thefrontofficenews.com/v2/2014/02/28/granger-to-la/

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