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NBA Rumors: Is Danny Granger In Indiana Pacers’ Future Plans?

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Danny Granger has been the subject of Indiana Pacers‘ trade talks and rumors circulating the NBA. He saw his 2012-13 season go from promising and anticipated to lost and underwhelming.

A knee injury brought Granger from the NBA’s elite to the end of the bench in a suit and tie. Rumors have been swirling recently about his future with or without the Pacers. Granger has been an All-Star and the recipient of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2009.

Granger has been rumored to be the subject of trade talks because of his expiring $14 million contract for 2013-14. The Pacers may want to head in a different direction than the pricey star. Playing in just five games in 2012-13 is a big reason for these talks.

At the prime age of 30, injuries from this point on in his career could be very costly and any knee injury to an NBA player is nothing to mess with. The Pacers may choose the route of finding less pricey, young talent to fill the void that will be left by Granger if he’s traded.

Prior to this past season, Granger had scored 18+ points per game in every season since 2006-07. He can be an instant impact for any team looking for a scoring small forward.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for a small forward that can put up some points, but also hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. The Dallas Mavericks have been talking about making moves this offseason and Mark Cuban is the type of guy who would spend anything to get a winning organization back in Dallas.

Nevertheless, Indiana could use the scorer to add to their already-young and talented team. The Pacers made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals this season without Granger– imagine what they could do with Granger in the lineup.

In my opinion, he will stay in Indiana, but if he leaves, one team will get themselves a proven scorer and All-Star.

Here are five possible destinations for the eight-year veteran: five possible destinations for Danny Granger.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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