HoopsHype Danny Granger rumors

February 25, 2014 Updates

Granger wants to play for an NBA championship contender, according to sources. And there's a belief the Sixers will negotiate a buyout of what's left of his expiring contract (about $4 million) to accommodate the former all-star. He must be on a postseason-bound team's roster by Saturday in order play in the playoffs. Philadelphia Inquirer

In all probability, the Sixers are trying to find another team willing to pick up a hefty portion of Granger's buyout, so they can make him a free agent and, as Buddy Ryan used to say, "Allow him to get on with his life's work elsewhere." If Hinkie could find a way to get a second-round pick out of it, that would be great, too, but the NBA frowns on teams' making trades after the trade deadline, so the eventual relocation of Danny Granger will be entirely cash-and-carry. Philadelphia Inquirer

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February 22, 2014 Updates

There’s a chance former All-Star small forward Danny Granger, a nine-year veteran with an expiring contract who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers, along with a draft pick, for Turner and Allen, may never play for Philadelphia. Only NBA players released before March 1 can appear in the postseason with another team. But a release would cost Granger his Bird rights and the Sixers any sign-and-trade possibilities involving the Pacers’ one-time franchise player this summer. “Danny, I hold in really high esteem,” Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said. “It’s going to be interesting. I think we’re going to sit and just talk like men, and say, ‘What is it that you want out of the rest of this year?’ If you want to talk about shellshock, he’s been in one place his whole career and has had a heck of a career already and I think has a good bit to go, so we’re going to sit and talk with him about what it is he wants and kind of the role he sees on our team and vice versa, and where that goes I don’t exactly know.” Courier-Post

Is it likely the Sixers simply buy out the remainder of Granger’s contract? “There’s a chance for us to have a discussion,” Hinkie said. “How that goes, I don’t exactly know, because he hasn’t come. But we’re organizing a flight for him to be here soon.” Courier-Post

February 21, 2014 Updates

Bird, who is currently not in Indianapolis, described the "last-minute" deal that manifested only when Philadelphia called the team with Turner on the table. When the 76ers could not get a first-round pick for Turner – a 25-year-old swingman who can play the point guard through the small forward positions – the team reached out around 2:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the conclusion of the NBA trade deadline. "What we try to do is go through the league two to three times early in the season. When I left, I told Kevin (Pritchard) to make one more run through the league and see what's there," Bird said, recalling his instructions given to the team's general manager. "(Pritchard) was talking to a couple teams about other things that are really nothing but then Philly called. "I guess they figured they weren't going to get a first-round (pick) for Evan and they wanted to move him and we were there and we took it. I had to think about it for a while but decided to do it (and) move on." USA Today Sports

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