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Glen Davis to opt-out from contract with Clippers, Danny Granger likely to follow suit

Jun 20, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

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When veteran players Danny Granger and Glen Davis were waived last season, the Clippers were there to snap them up as minimum salary free agents to help upgrade their bench. It paid off, Granger averaged 8 points a game in the regular season (although he faded in the playoffs) and “Big Baby” instantly became the first big off the bench for the Clippers and a guy Doc Rivers leaned on in the playoffs.

Both might be back with the Clippers next season, but not at their current price.

It appears both are opting out of their deals, as has been expected, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Both have battled health issues and that will keep the contracts they can draw on the open market down, particularly the years. That said Davis will make more than the $1.2 million minimum deal he was to get if he opted in. Not a whole lot more, but more. The question is will he get that from Doc Rivers and the Clippers or do they think they can find a better upgrade (they need front line depth to let Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan rest).

Granger is a nice fit off the Clippers’ bench, but again how much and how many years do you give a guy coming off multiple knee surgeries? For a stretch he started to get his legs under him but he is a limited role player now, he’s not the All-Star Danny Granger.

These two join Darren Collison on the list of Clippers opting out to become free agents.

These are the kinds of players likely to last a little while in free agency, into the second half of July or early August, as other teams wait for bigger dominoes to fall.

  1. phillycannon - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The same Granger who forced his way out in Philly. He better take that money from the Clips because he is done. He couldve average about a good 18ppg with the Sixers and up his stock again.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      There is nothing good about 18ppg in a Sixers uniform (unless it is MCW). The best smelling turd is still a turd. He is a spot up shooter with no individual defensive ability.

      • phillycannon - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        and your point your trying to make?????

      • jkirby317 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        the Sixers suck and 18ppg on a bad team equates to like 3 on a good one. Look at Evan Turner from Philly to a real team like Indiana… how did he look outside of Philly?

  2. bhunter1995 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Granger is worth a lot more then a vets minimum. He might not be the 25 PPG scorer he once was but he can still be a productive starter on a lot of teams. He can easily get an efficient 15-16 points per game with his shooting touch and creativity in the lane, along with his size. With the Clippers he is reduced to limited minutes playing out of position at the power forward, why would he stay with them when he can get more money and a rightfully deserved larger role on another team.

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