While the Indiana Pacers improved their bench through free agency by adding C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland and through trades by landing Luis Scola, the return of Danny Granger for the 2013-2014 NBA season was going to be one of the biggest additions to this Pacers team this season.
Granger hasn’t been productive in the preseason, but he also hasn’t played at full strength in NBA action in quite a while, so many people wrote it off saying that he’d get back into the flow of the game. Before he could get adjust back to the game of basketball at that level, though, he experienced a calf injury.
That calf injury of Granger’s has turned to a little more than expected, though, per a report from RealGM. In his recovery, Granger has suffered a setback and now he will more than likely not be available to play in the Pacers’ season opener and possibly a little longer than that.
I wrote recently that Granger is essentially an expendable part of this Pacers team, and this only furthers my point. Without Granger, the Pacers still made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and now with their improved bench, with or without Granger, they are going to be even better.
Granger would be a huge plus for Indiana this season, especially if he could regain his former level of play. However, if he doesn’t play, it’s not the end of the world for the Pacers. Having said that, this injury could potentially make him even more likely to be traded going forward into this season. In the end, this injury delays his comeback and further complicates things for Granger and the Pacers.