When I first learned of the deal that sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen I didn’t know how to feel about it. After some thought I have decided that the trade really makes sense for all involved. Let’s look at some of the different ways all parties can really benefit.
Your Indiana Pacers got off to a really hot start this season jumping out to first place not only in the Eastern Conference but at times in the league. While they still cling a slight edge over Miami they have been slumping of late. Their offensive production can always use a hand but their defense hasn’t been great either. Perhaps they have lost a little bit of focus and become complacent.
Changing up the locker room may be just what the doctor ordered. Not too mention that Turner brings an increased offensive production. He has averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1 steal a game. I believe that his contribution along with the increased depth in the front court Allen provides the Pacers get the shot in the arm to get them back on track.
Danny Granger was the league’s leading scorer and the face of the Indiana Pacers. He suffered a serious injury and after healing physically the mental rehabilitation continues. Who can blame him? After a long rehabilitation he returns to a team with a new superstar and must come off the bench. That can’t sit well with any competitive professional sports player. He has only averaged 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and .3 steals a game. I believe that increased playing time along with a more important role will help Danny find his legs. He is going to a team with some young talent and the addition of a veteran could prove key. Look for Granger to begin his rise.
I will only mention it quickly but it also doesn’t hurt Indiana to unload Granger’s contract. They need all the money they can get for the upcoming off-season.