After all the talk and speculation, the Indiana Pacers decided that adding their own 18-point scorer to the mix was their best acquisition.
The Pacers decided to not make a deal before the NBA trading deadline, despite reports on several websites and NBA writers’ Twitter accounts the team was in discussions to acquire J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic. The price of a first round pick, a rotation player and future multi-year contract for Redick that would eventually change the Pacers’ core group may have been too much to give up for President Donnie Walsh and General Manager Kevin Pritchard.
Instead, Indiana will turn to former All-Star Danny Granger to provide what Redick would have brought to the team: perimeter shooting and stretching the floor for post players David West and Roy Hibbert. Granger, who has missed the entire season thus far due to a knee injury, is listed as day-to-day. It was rumored that Granger would return in time for Indiana’s trouncing of the New York Knicks Wednesday night, but coach Frank Vogel decided to hold him out. The Pacers face Detroit in back-to-back games this weekend.
Indiana, currently one-half game behind the Knicks for second in the Eastern Conference, did not need to make a move. They have been anointed by some in the media as the biggest threat in the conference to the Miami Heat despite not having Granger’s services. Granger’s return adds an injection of offense, but also much needed depth to a bench unit that has struggled most of the season when the vastly improving Lance Stephenson relinquishes his starting spot.
It’s clear Vogel is happy with the (non) move made by the front office, according to Pacers.com writer Scott Agness.