Danny Granger hasn’t played at all this season even though he has been cleared to play. It got people curious on whether Granger, who averages 18.2 points per game for his career, would be moved in the trading deadline.
At first, Alex Kennedy from Hoopsworld.com had this report about Granger.
Now, the Pacers seem willing to trade Granger if the right offer comes along. One executive made it clear that Granger could be dealt in the next 24 hours because the Pacers no longer view him as untouchable.
Upon seeing that report, Indiana Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard tweeted this in response to what was said in the report.
@alexkennedynba That executive would be wrong!!!
— Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) February 20, 2013
So there you go, Danny Granger will not be moved. While there was a little rumor that the Clippers may try to pry Granger out of the hoosier state, it appears that they won’t do anything and keep the team that brought them to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With the emergence of Paul George, the Pacers look to be the team primed to unseat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. But in the near future, the Pacers have to make a decision on Granger. His deal ends after next season. Are they going to extend him?
After all, George still needs to be given an extension once his rookie deal ends. David West also needs to be re-signed, who has been an incredible part of the squad. But we know that the Pacers are not the greatest scoring team in the league: they are 28th in the league at 92.8 points. So they’re not going to give away Granger (a 2009 All-Star and winner of the 2008-09 Most Improved Player award) just like that, who has been their leading scorer in the past five seasons.
Either way, don’t expect the Pacers to make any moves before the trading deadline.