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Doc Rivers says Danny Granger ‘ideally’ would be a starter, but he has to mark him as active first

Mar 2, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

source: AP

Danny Granger was set to make his debut for the Clippers on Saturday, after signing with L.A. following a trade from the Pacers and a buyout from the Sixers.

But a mistake by Doc Rivers when submitting his lineup inadvertently left Granger off of the game’s active roster.

From the Associated Press (via Basketball Insiders):

A day after formally joining the Clippers, the former All-Star planned to be in uniform when Los Angeles hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Granger went through warmups at Staples Center before being informed he wasn’t eligible. …

Rivers said Granger would “ideally” be a starter for the Clippers because of his height and the flexibility to bring Matt Barnes off the bench as an energetic scorer. Rivers also likes Granger’s familiarity with most of Los Angeles’ defensive concepts, which are similar to the Pacers’ ideas.

“The whole key is how quickly we can get him acclimated, how quickly we can figure out what he does well,” Rivers said. “And he’s still coming back from the injury, so even though he’s back, he still needs more time and minutes.”

The lineup switch would place Granger in ahead of Barnes, who has earned that role with his play and has started in 19 of his 42 appearances for the Clippers this season.

It remains to be seen, however, what exactly Granger will be able to contribute to a team that was already humming along just fine without him. Granger averaged only 8.3 points in 22.5 minutes per game for Indiana this season off the bench, but perhaps a return to the starting lineup, where he has essentially been a fixture for his entire NBA career before injury, will help him more quickly return to somewhere near his customary level of production.

  1. jerdogthompson - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Was at the game last night watching him warm up and he looked great. Was wondering why he didn’t play and now I know. Although safe to say the Pelicans never had a chance in the game.

    • money2long - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Safe to say none of the thumbs up are from heat fans ?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        I’m a Heat fan and I’m fine with Granger going to the Clippers. The only chance Granger would have to make an impact on Miami’s championship run would be if Shane Battier or maybe Norris Cole played so terribly in the playoffs that Granger got some minutes. But it’s likely that he would have played less than 10 minutes a game for the rest of the regular season and then maybe not at all in the playoffs. He just isn’t reliable enough from deep. But he’s a good defender so I hope he helps out in LA.

      • casualcommenter - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        Based on the comments I saw, most Heat fans wanted Butler, not Granger.

      • money2long - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        no thumbs up doesnt have to mean they are upset. it can just mean they don’t care. so yes, you have supported my claim.

  2. bjswoosh805 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Stack City!!!

  3. ghelton03 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Great point by Doc. Danny has a chance of breaking the starting line-up on a contender. Right choice to join the Clips.

  4. campcouch - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Another boggling move in the NBA. He’s so great that the Pacers traded him for Evan Turner and then had his contract bought out. That falls in line with Glen Davis being an important cog that the Magic saw zero trade or player value and just bought him out too. Or that Bynum is so awesome that the Lakers risked trading him for the chance to rent Dwight Howard for a year,didn’t get re-signed by Philly,traded by the Cavs and waived by the Bulls. Ah.”he just needs to be in the right situation”…oh and Doc wants to start him so bad that he forgot to include him on the active roster.

    • gostlcards5 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I think you’re being a little short-sighted. The reasons for the trade and buyout were his reliability (which is still unknown, because he is still getting acclimated after coming back from injury) and his high salary.
      – The Pacers needed to open up cap room to resign Lance Stephenson, and they wanted to couple that with a more reliable option at backup SF (hence the Evan Turner).
      – The Sixers simply want to open cap space, so they buy Danny out. This allows them a great deal of flexibility (and the chance for a worst to playoffs scenario) for the impending off-season.

      • gostlcards5 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        *…(hence the Evan Turner trade).

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