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Reports: Danny Granger will sign with Clippers when he clears waivers Friday

Feb 28, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

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Doc Rivers has been looking for some help at the three — Jared Dudley has not panned out as hoped and Matt Barnes is solid as a reserve but not the guy who starts on a contender. Rivers even tried Hedo Turkoglu in that role.

Now Danny Granger is going to get a chance.

Granger, who was traded from Indiana to Philadelphia, then arranged a buyout, has decided to come to Los Angeles, something first reported by the Indy Star’s Candice Buckner and since confirmed by others.

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This wasn’t a surprise. While the Spurs and other teams were interested the Clippers were considered the front runners almost from the start.

Granger may well not be the answer for the Clippers — there’s a reason Indy just moved him for Evan Turner. 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. He was never comfortable as the sixth man in Indiana.

Can a change of scenery help him out in Los Angeles? For the Clippers it is worth the gamble, they know they need something more if they are seriously going to contend. The Granger signing plus bringing in Glen Davis certainly does make the Clippers deeper heading into the playoffs.

  1. davidly - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Too soon to tell, I guess, but after Turner’s twenty last night (that’s minutes), I am already wishing Danny were still in Indy. I’d hate to think that, at the end of the day (that’d be, the 4th quarter in the final game of the ECF), that the 6th guy’s defense will be the difference-maker.

  2. jerdogthompson - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Way to put a dark cloud on a glorious day in Clipper history Kurt. What’s with you man?

    I got one word, versatility. Regardless whether or not DG returns his former all star form or not it provides the Clippers the addition option.

    Stand up Clipper Nation this has been a monumental week. Our stock is trending higher much like Tesla!

    #InDocwetrust

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Nice! Clippers are cleaning up pretty good on the useful throw aways. Good pick up. I don’t care what anyone says the Clippers are legit contenders. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see them in the Finals. I don’t think that’s gonna be what ends up happening, but if it did I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

    Now if only they could get some legitimate backup C help. Big Baby is too short to have to depend on to play anything other then PF. Clips better pray that their starting frontline stays healthy all throughout the playoffs.

  4. abchome - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Wow!

  5. clipperfan222 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Love the fact that we have granger I think he will fit just right with doc rivers system

  6. pfic15 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Yeah. So maybe a WCF exit this year….

  7. clipperfan222 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I am a big Clipper fan love to see granger and he will be a big help

  8. unxpexted1 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Definitely smart moves being made by the Clippers. Good, safe complimentary pieces that shouldn’t mess up chemistry too much. Clippers are actually looking like a real NBA franchise. Would love to see them vs OKC in the WCF. Agree with malt though, they need a legit back up big man body at the 5.

  9. lastdukestreetking - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Davis will be ok backing up both C & PF for LAC. He’s played a lot of minutes at C for both Bos & Orl. His big body helps a lot on post defense. Realistically, how many good offensive centers will he face? Jordan will get most of the minutes against guys like Howard. On offense, Davis is more effective as a PF as he has a decent mid-range jumper but not much of a low-post game. Spacing will be an issue when both he & Blake are on the floor.

  10. money2long - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Heat fans quietly sigh. Wish he went with their fav team. Also. Caron chooses okc. They sigh again.
    Won’t admit that.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      I think their gonna be aiight. They have LeBron James. ‘Nuff said. LOL!

      • money2long - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Cavs had lebron too. The point is they were hoping for more toys.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        I hear you.

        But I’ll take MIA’s supporting cast over any of the LeBron Cavs supporting cast ANY day of the week, and twice on Sundays.
        (hat tip to spg8)

  11. jimsjam33 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    The Clippers have bulked up with ‘ Big Baby ” , Hedo , and Granger . They stay healthy and it’s a fifty fifty proposition to win it all . This is not the same Blake and DeAndre we’ve seen in the past . Big Baby probably is the key . The Clippers now have a 6’9 powerhouse to back up Blake . Hedo is looking good as a stretch four . Granger ahead of Dudley and Matt Barnes . That makes the second unit pretty tough with Blake and Jordan alternating at center .
    It’s coming around at the right time . Stay healthy CP3 , Blake , DeAndre , Crawford . JJ Redick looks like the odd man out right now .

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      I still don’t think their defense has been consistent enough.

      • jerdogthompson - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Perhaps not, although its been great when it matters most. With a top ranked offense, you can get by with a less than stellar defense. Although I will stick by my prediction from November, this will be a top 3 offense/defense team come playoff time.

  12. lalifer - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Clippers certainly are making championship finals moves. Loading up. This is the best chance the Clips have ever had in their entire history. Dolan is certainly going all out now. Finally. Good luck Clips.

    • dablakdrphil - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Please don’t confuse our owner with Knicks owner Dolan. Our owner for the Clippers is Donald Sterling, although he proved throughtout his ownership he was another Dolan I can honestly say since Chris Paul’s arrival he’s made great moves unlike *cough cough* James Dolan

      • dannymac17 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        I wouldnt say Sterling is making moves.

        Someone finally got him to shut up and just be an owner.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        You are correct, his role around the team is much smaller.

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