The Philadelphia 76ers and Danny Granger have officially agreed to buyout the one-time All-Stars contract.
Danny Granger finds himself on the waiver wire only six days after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers by the Indiana Pacers.
Granger joined the struggling Sixers in a deadline day trade that saw him and a second-round pick shipped swapped by the Pacers for Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen and a conditional second-round pick. However, he will be looking for a new team after agreeing to a buyout with Philadelphia and never suiting up for the team.
Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie revealed the team released Granger in order to allow him to pursue playoff basketball with a contending team.
“Following the completion of the trade on Thursday night, Danny traveled to Philadelphia and we had an opportunity to meet with him here,” Hinkie said in a statement released by the team.
“These were in addition to the open lines of communication with his agent Aaron Mintz and CAA while we worked through the next steps. Given Danny’s future goals and his desire to pursue them, we worked to fulfill his requests and have come to a resolution that we feel is mutually beneficial to both Danny and our organization.”
Whilst reporting the move TNT’s David Aldridge suggested the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs as potential suitors for the former All-Star.
Further reports suggest that the Clippers are leading the race to obtain the former Pacers signature. He would be the third veteran addition for the Los Angeles franchise after signing Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis earlier in the season. They also cleared roster space by trading Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison at the trade deadline.
Granger, who averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds through 29 games with Indiana this season, could add veteran leadership and bench scoring from the wing for whichever team decides to sign him.
The San Antonio Spurs, who recently decided not to renew the 10-day contract of Shannon Brown – who subsequently signed with the New York Knicks – could use a sharpshooting veteran wing to complete their roster and cover injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili.
After struggling with injuries over the past few seasons, Granger has failed to rediscover the form that saw him named an All-Star in 2009 after leading the Pacers in scoring with 25.8 points per night. He is shooting just 35.9% from the field and 33.0% from deep this season, and it is unlikely he would have an extreme impact on any team that signs him. However, signing Granger would be a low-risk, high-reward pick up, and he could no doubt add valuable experience and spurt scoring in limited minutes for a contender.
Granger clears waivers at 5 p.m. Friday.