Revisiting the subject from a week or so ago, the Indiana Pacers may, in fact, make a splash before the trade deadline on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. An NBA trade rumor has surfaced yet again surrounding the likes of Pacers’ reserve forward Danny Granger.
As reported by Zach Lowe of NBA.com, Indiana is in talks with several teams involving a trade with Granger. The 30-year-old veteran out of New Mexico returned from injury earlier this season and has showed no signs of a setback since, thus pushing his name to the top of many teams’ trading possibilities.
Granger has something many teams want in an expiring contract that’s worth a lot of money (roughly $14 million).
One of the possible scenarios in this NBA trade rumor includes shopping Granger and the Indiana Pacers receiving Luol Deng from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Many believe a first-round pick is also necessary from the Pacers in order to make a deal work, as most teams seem to be asking for that to be included in a package deal with Granger.
Deng is a slightly better defender than Granger, and maybe more skilled offensively, but I believe it will take a perfect situation for Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird to make a move less than 24 hours from now.
Granger is currently averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in reserve minutes. He is also shooting a blistering 96% from the free throw line, something that could be valuable for the Pacers come playoff time.
However, DG has yet to get going offensively off the bench. As the primary wing player on head coach Frank Vogel’s second unit, the team hoped Granger could come in and put up double-digit number in scoring off the bench.
Again, this is only an NBA trade rumor and does not seem very likely to happen, but I wanted to revisit the topic as it has resurfaced again in recent hours.