The Boston Globe's Jake Fischer reports Danny Granger was "pissed" when he found out he was traded to the Sixers at Thursday's trade deadline. ESPN's Marc Stein reports Granger wants a buyout so he can sign with a contender but the Sixers are not going to automatically grant his request.
The Sixers acquired Granger for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen on Thursday afternoon. He left a team that has tremendous balance and could compete for an NBA Championship for a team that is is heading towards a top-5 pick in the draft. As I said, I don't blame him for being upset but I hope he gives it a chance to see what the team is looking to build towards.
All of that being said, at this point in his career, I don't see Granger wanting to rebuild an organization like he helped do in Indiana.
Granger, who turns 31 in April, is averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 29 games this season for the Pacers. He only appeared in five games lat year due to injury. His best season came in 2009 when he averaged 25.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game en route to being selected to the All Star team and as the NBA's Most Improved Player. Granger became expendable with the emergence of Paul George as the go-to man in Indianapolis. Granger does have an expiring $14 million contract and the Sixers have a ton of cap space.
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