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NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Danny Granger

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Five Teams That Need Danny Granger

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Things can change in the blink of an eye, and Danny Granger can surely be used as a huge example.

The Indiana Pacers’ small-forward went from being the undisputed star of the team in 2012 to an injured player in 2013 and in 2014. Now he’s merely a role player who comes off the bench for one of the best teams in the NBA after a succession of events that weren’t entirely his fault.

His knee issues sidelined him for most of the past season, and Paul George stepped up in his absence, becoming one of the game’s premier superstars. Even though Granger is the first player to come off the Pacers’ bench he could easily be made expendable, and there should be a huge market for him as the trade deadline is approaching quickly.

Out of all the teams that could use him – and there are many since Granger can still play as one of the best SF in the game – there are five that would improve their roster drastically by adding him. Squads from both conferences could use him as their starting small forward, and due to his quality and experience he could easily be considered as the missing piece for several teams currently pushing for a playoff spot.

Lots of things can happen between now and the trade deadline, but Granger is expected to draw heavy interest. It’s unknown whether or not the Pacers are looking to move him – and reports indicate that the only way a trade is made is if Indiana receives an offer that blows them away – but several teams should at least inquire for his services.

These five squads are the ones that need him the most.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns have been one of the nicest stories in the NBA this season as they were expected to tank but are in the midst of a playoff run that will likely place them in the postseason unless they crumble after the All-Star Break. If they want to avoid that fate, trading for Granger is a step in the right direction. He would become the best offensive player on the team, and he would give them a proven scorer in a position where they could easily use an upgrade.

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4. Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks only have two proven scorers in Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki, and adding Granger would solidify their lineup big time. The Mavericks need all the help they can get to keep fighting in a stacked Western Conference, and Granger would give the franchise a huge boost down the stretch.

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3. Charlotte Bobcats

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The Charlotte Bobcats are surprisingly battling for a playoff spot – although much of that can be accredited to the fact that the Eastern Conference has been historically weak. In order to keep their postseason hopes alive they may need to make a trade, and Granger appears to be a good fit.

His arrival would give the team a solid SF that can also step up and be a leader. Pairing him up with the likes of Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson actually sounds like a playoff caliber team.

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2. Detroit Pistons

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The Josh Smith experiment failed, and there are several sources indicating that the Detroit Pistons could part ways with the former Atlanta Hawks stud. It remains to be seen if he can fit into the Indiana Pacers’ scheme, but trading for Granger would give the Pistons a legitimate, proven player at the SF position that could clear space for Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in the paint.

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1. Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have battled all season long with staying above .500. While they have some solid pieces on the roster – Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic for example – they need the final piece of the puzzle, and that’s none other than Granger. Granger would be the second best scoring option on the team and would create space on the floor, giving Rubio another go-to player on offense while also adding some solid defense in the wing.