The Indiana Pacers are already struggling without its star forward Danny Granger and now it could put the team’s season in jeopardy before it could really begin. Granger is expected to miss three months after receiving treatment from Dr. James Andrews for left patellar tendinosis in his knee.
The Pacers have started the season with a .500 record going 2-2. However, Granger’s 18.3 points and 1.6 steals per game from last season that pushed the Pacers to the brink of playing for a trip to the NBA Finals in June when they lost to the Miami Heat.
The Pacers are expected to make a roster move prior to Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. In Granger’s absence, the Pacers have started Gerald Green and Sam Young in his place and the position could be filled on a rotating schedule until Granger comes back which isn’t scheduled until February. Paul George and Ben Hansbrough are also expected to get playing time as well.
The organization could also look at free agent Mickael Pietrus to fill in for Granger since he is an NBA veteran that has still not signed with any team. Pietrus is expecting to sign with a team soon and with Granger on the mend he could fit well while Granger is out.
Pietrus has averaged 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game since he was drafted from France by the Golden State Warriors in the 2003 NBA Draft. Pietrus has spent 10 years in the NBA playing for the Warriors, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics.
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