The Sixers and Danny Granger have reached a buyout agreement the team announced in a press release today.
The buyout sacrifices Granger's Bird rights with the Sixers which would allow the Sixers to sign one of their own players (in this case: Granger) while going over the salary cap. It would also help the Sixers in a sign-and-trade this summer but Granger wants to play for a winner.
The Sixers acquired Granger for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen on Thursday afternoon and he is reportedly "pissed" about the deal. 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.
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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