HoopsHype Danny Granger rumors

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

Turner believed the trade deadline had passed and, playing for the struggling 76ers (15-40), was making post-regular season vacation plans when he heard he had been traded. "Definitely excited. Still shocked; I thought the trade deadline was over," Turner told The Star on Thursday night. "I was actually setting up my postseason (vacation) with my agent's assistant and pretty much when I was telling her the days I wanted to go. (Then) she said, 'Well, no we can't book (those days), you've just got traded.' "Hopefully, I can play basketball while it's nice out. That's the best time to do it. I'm looking forward to the future and the next few months with the team." Indianapolis Star

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On Thursday, the Pacers traded Granger, 30, and a 2015 second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for versatile small forward Evan Turner and center Lavoy Allen. "It's a day of mixed emotions," said a source close to Granger. "He's obviously excited for the next chapter of his career and showing the league how ready he is. But at the same time, this organization has been very important to him for years and he's made a ton of friends and so obviously saying bye to those close friends and teammates and others within the organization is going to be tough for he and his wife (Dionna)." Indianapolis Star

February 20, 2014 Updates

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