The Pacers are showing they are one of the most complete teams in the league even without Granger. Barring a colossal meltdown, they should make the ECF.
So that said, if you were running Indiana, what would you do? Given his injury and that he has a big contract, he could be difficult to trade (I've tried a number of ESPN NBA trade machine ideas that all get skewed by the low stats before the injury). Who would a good potential suitor for him? If you keep him, how much do you risk disrupting the chemistry the team has built through the regular season and playoffs?
The thing about this team is, they are perfect as is. The line-up they have has been great these playoffs and have the depth to keep it this way.
If the Pacers choose to resign West and Augustin (which I think they should if the price is right), all they would need is depth at the SG and SF spot.
Danny Granger didn't play this season and wasn't that great last season either. He's on the wrong side of 30 and is going down-hill from here. Now the positive is the fact that he's $14mil coming off the books.
The summer of 2014 will see players like:
Now, it's not exactly 2010 or even 2013 but that's a free agency class that can shake a few franchises if they pick up the right guy. Meaning that teams looking to free up cap room for the 2014 offseason are going to have the Pacers on speed-dial next season, as well as this offseason.
We could easily see Granger traded for a back-up swingman and if they let Augustin go, a back-up PG. Two quality back-ups for $14mil in cap room and a gamble at Danny Granger's health and hope he resigns for cheap.
I agree that Granger will start to decline and he doesn't fit anymore in the Pacers, but he's 30. If that's the wrong side of 30, then what's the right side?
I actually feel sorry for Danny. For years he was their best player. The Pacers have their best team in years and should make it to the Conference Finals against Miami, yet due to injury he has to miss out.
This would have to be eating him up inside....
Keep him, let him rest up.
You really need his fire power if you're gonna beat Miami (plus this playoff's version of Hibbert).
I know that's not possible for this year, but you're not gonna get much for him.
If I'm the Jazz I would strongly consider him as a one-year rental. Next year's team will be comprised of a bunch of young guys, most of whom haven't started more than a handful of games, and while they're very talented and ready contribute, none is a go-to scorer. Granger might make things easier for them as a veteran who they can comfortably rely on to take big shots and bail them out on the perimeter. The Jazz, being in a market like Utah, will have difficulty wooing major FA's despite their immense cap space this summer and with just one year on his deal, Granger (though overpriced) would be a low-risk/high-reward addition if they fail to spend a chunk of their $30 million in cap space.
Granger wouldn't be a bad move. Him and Hayward is interesting since I don't think GH is athletic enough to guard 2s.
But it would provide offense.
Now they just need to find a PG.
Makes sense to me...Granger becomes the Starting Sf in New Orleans and can be resigned at a home town discount, Eric Gordon becomes the starting Pg/Sg in Indiana allowing PG to slide over to Sf, could start Lance or George Hill at Pg/Sg next to E.Gordon and P.George ...Granger spreads the floor for Anthony Davis too, who will be better in the post next year...
If they can trade him for some back court depth, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Paul George is more suited for the 3, and George Hill and Lance Stephenson are really the only valuable people we have at either guard spot. Overall, Indy's bench is pretty lacking.
I think they have two options when it comes to Granger:
1- As mcbailey says above, deal him for backcourt depth. I just don't see them being able to swing a deal for an upgrade at the 1 over George Hill, and he and Stephenson compliments each other well. Augustine shouldn't be retained, so maybe dealing Granger for a backup pg, sg, and picks. Orlando Johnson has potential but hes far from certain.
2-My option, is to keep Granger and play small ball with him at the 4. David West is doing well, but I say with Hibbert inside, Indy can get by and probably succeed with both George and Granger at the forward spots. At least give it a try, if it doesn't work, Granger is will be on an expiring contract and can still be moved.
As far as the Eric Gordon for Granger deal, we've been calling for since last year, Indy cannot afford to add Gordon's high priced contract to Hibbert's max deal, and George's upcoming max deal. This is a small market team. Also, NO can get better for Gordon and if they are interested in Granger, Im sure they'll be able to pursue him as a FA after next year. If for some reason NO is intrigued with any of the pgs in this draft, Im sure Indy will jump at a Vazquez plus picks for Granger deal. Vazquez can either start at pg and Hill the 6th man, or vice-versa.
Because of the cap, it sounds like Granger might be the bait to a team with some cap space and or expiring contracts and picks just because you need to get SOMETHING for him, but can't give up cap room that will be needed to resign George.
so some of your more expensive bench players (like Augustine and Psycho T will need to be replaced by cheaper players).
I wouldn't be surprised if the Pacers kept Danny Granger and just let his contract expire.
David West needs to be re-signed this summer and I can't imagine him getting less than the 2 years $20 million he got when he signed here.
The Pacers may not want to pick up too much salary when you consider Paul George is going to get maxed out. Lance Stephenson will also need to be re-signed.
Trading Granger to fill both Wests and Grangers spots might be what they have to do.
It's not gonna be pretty, but considering they didn't have Granger all year, whatever they can get for him will be nice. I'm just not sure they can afford West at this point.
I see no reason why the Pacers won't offer West another 2 year deal at $20 million. They can afford that. The only way West doesn't return is if he just chooses not to and I can't see that happening. He's a leader on this team and loves living in this area.
I agree, Granger for Eric Gordon. Pacers need another scorer. You trading a bad knee for a bad knee as well.
This trade isn't good for either team but it works with the trade machine.
The Pacers trade Danny Granger to the Kings for John Salmons, Travis Outlaw, and the 36th pick. The Kings get a veteran in the locker room who might still be able to play at some point. The Pacers get depth on the wing. The best part here is that the Pacers save $2 million. Plus Indy gets a decent pick in the second round.
I am not saying this is a great trade for the Pacers, but it does get Granger off the books, they get some scoring back, and they get to save some money. They can then use the 36th pick on a cheap role player.
I actually think because they do not have him it is going to hurt their chances against the Heat. He really brought a spark for the team when he was in the game and this time around they won't be having that. Anyways, most likely they will trade him, a lot of people are clamoring for Paul George to keep his spot so yeah he's prob gone.