Last week, Hoops Rumors’ Chuck Myron examined Danny Granger as a potential trade candidate. The former All-Star missed almost all of last season with a knee injury, and his production since returning midway through this year’s campaign has been less than stellar. He’s shooting just 37% from the floor and has posted a PER of 10.7, well below his career marks in either category. His numbers might jump back up once he sees more time on the court, but his real value lies within his $14MM expiring contract. A team looking to make a splash in next summer’s free agent market might be interested in taking on Granger to create some future financial flexibility.
With Indiana set to make Lance Stephenson a “great offer” this summer, it’s possible the team might not have the funds to retain Granger next season, and trading him now would at least bring aboard some assets the club might be able to use down the road. However, the Pacers are expected to vie for a championship this season, and Granger is a veteran with playoff experience that has the ability to contribute off the bench. Last night, Sam Amick of USA Today passed along that Granger didn’t have any qualms with his new role on the team, so it’s unlikely he would be the one to push for a trade. We did hear earlier this season that Pacers President Larry Bird would be willing to listen to offers for Granger, though he wasn’t seeking any deals out himself.
So what do you think? If they can find a suitable partner, should the Pacers move Granger for a usable piece, such as a pick or a roleplayer? Or would they be more wise to hang on to him and utilize his leadership and experience in the playoffs this season? To do so would mean risking his departure this summer without getting any assets in return, but it could be beneficial to their championship dreams this year. Vote below, and post your reasoning in the comment section!