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Danny Granger
Danny Granger
Position: F
Born: 04/20/83
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $2,100,000
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Phoenix Suns forward Danny Granger has exercised the one-year player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season. Granger, a 10-year NBA veteran and one-time All-Star, was acquired by the Suns from the Miami Heat in a trade on Feb. 19, 2015. The 6-9 wing out of the University of New Mexico holds career averages of 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 586 games with the Indiana Pacers (2005-14), Los Angeles Clippers (2013-14) and Miami (2014-15).
He has a $2.1 million player option for next season to stay with Phoenix, where he and his family will live this summer so that he can continue working with the acclaimed “Training Staff Mafia.” Granger, who turns 32 on Monday, undoubtedly will return to playing again. He wants to be in a different condition than what reduced him to 76 appearances over the past three seasons. The health issues focus on a left knee that underwent surgeries in 2013 and 2014. “I’ve only been here a month but I have felt a difference,” Granger said. “I’ve been improving. I’ll use the rest of the summer to keep improving. I think the guys have done a great job with correcting a lot of imbalances that I’ve had and I’ve played with for the last 10 or 11 years.”
He said he feels like he can play another four or five seasons until he is 36 or 37, especially after Hill told him he thought his career was over before the Suns staff helped him play until he was 40. It will all depend on his knee. “That’s basically what it all comes down to in the NBA,” Granger said. “Everybody can play. It’s just a matter of how healthy are you going to be, how long does your body let you do it?”
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Granger had an extensive conversation with former Suns player Grant Hill about what the Suns staff, led by head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson, did to help lengthen his career and those of Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal, Amar’e Stoudemire and Antonio McDyess. “They just take a different approach,” Granger said. “They kind of break your body down into three stages and start from the bottom. They want you to get your base or your foundation a lot stronger than what it is. That’s the preliminary phase before you even begin to think about strengthening. Get the right muscles firing. It’s a different approach but it works. Working on my flexibility. Working on the mobility in my knee. Getting my certain muscles to activate and shut other ones off. It’s a cool process, actually.”
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The priority with Granger, acquired by the Suns on Feb. 19 in the Goran Dragic trade, will be to use the Suns’ heralded athletic training staff to help the 31-year-old regain some of the old form that made him an Indiana star before two knee surgeries. From there, Granger could play this season and next season, when he has a $2.1 million player option to return. He already was building a home in Paradise Valley for retirement but the plan would be to use the house as a player first. “I would love to play and suit up but I think overall, for me, as far as my long-term plan with my career is to get extremely healthy first,” Granger said. “They told me what they did with Grant Hill when he came and hadn’t played in two years. He probably played five or six years after that so that’s my plan.”
Until the league March 1 playoff-eligible deadline, Granger explored options to join a contender with a Suns buyout but determined coming to Phoenix was his best option. He met with the Suns’ athletic trainers for more than an hour Monday and was told “it can be fixed.” Granger underwent left knee surgery in 2013, when he said he considered retirement but instead changed his exercises and diet regimen to return. He underwent another left knee surgery last summer. “I haven’t returned to the level I was before but I don’t think that’s impossible to get back there,” Granger said. “I’m only 31. There were times, even stretches when I was playing for Miami, I felt great, bouncy, my shot was going. And then the knee is always kind of just nagging at you. I’m thankful that I kept playing and I think I can play a lot longer.”
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Danny Granger is not with the team at present, as both sides try to figure out how they want to handle things going forward. On the one hand, the 31-year-old Granger has a player option for next season and could certainly be looking to sign with a title contender. On the other hand, the Suns’ training staff is renowned around the league for extending players’ careers, which could be music to the oft-injured Granger’s ears. McDonough said Sunday the Suns were “keeping an open mind” on Granger’s future with the team.
The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal.
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Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT.