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March 10, 2015 Updates

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." Arizona Republic

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." Arizona Republic

March 9, 2015 Updates
March 7, 2015 Updates

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said Danny Granger will join the team in Phoenix after it comes home from this road trip, which ends Saturday at Cleveland. Granger will do so with a focus on working with the Suns athletic trainers to get healthy for next season, for which he has a $2.1 million player option. Arizona Republic

March 2, 2015 Updates

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. NBA.com

February 24, 2015 Updates
February 19, 2015 Updates

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. NBA.com

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. NBA.com

February 18, 2015 Updates
February 14, 2015 Updates

Danny Granger: And it sure seemed, based on word out of Detroit, that Riley was looking to make Granger a plus-one in any Cole deal. Granger otherwise is on the Heat's books at $2.2 million next season at his option. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 30, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates

Danny Granger and Andrei Kirilenko are two veterans who refused to suit up for the Sixers. Granger didn't want to play for them last season after being acquired from the Indiana Pacers at the trade deadline. He never even practiced with the team, which ultimately bought out his expiring contract. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 11, 2015 Updates

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