The dust had settled from the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, assuming that the deals announced prior to the 3 p.m. EST deadline kicked up any dust. That’s when it happened. A solid half hour after the deadline had passed, the word came out that the Indiana Pacers have traded Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Update: Zach Lowe of Grantland is reporting that the 76ers also will receive a future second-round pick in the trade.
There were rumblings that the Pacers had sent out feelers around the league regarding Granger, but the reports that came back said that there was little interest around the league. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case now as Indiana might have just elevated themselves into being clear favorites in the Eastern Conference.
After missing almost the entirety of the 2012-13 NBA season, the hope for the Pacers was that he would return to action this year and be an offensive force off of the bench. That’s been far from the case, though, as Granger has been banged up often and has averaged just 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game on 35.9 percent shooting from the floor and 33 percent three-point shooting this season.
Now Turner will more than likely be the guy sliding into Granger’s role as a sixth man, which is a huge upgrade. Turner doesn’t provide the outside-shooting that Granger should theoretically bring to the table as ET is shooting a mere 28.8 percent from three this season. However, Turner has shown that he’s a versatile player that can get to the rim and score at a decent clip while also rebounding well at his position. Allen is more of a throw in to make salaries work than anything.
With yet another talented weapon that can give the Pacers more versatility with their bench and looks that they throw at their opponents, the current best team in the East just got better. People have been waiting to crown Indiana as best in the conference until they play the Miami Heat in the playoffs, but this deal makes it hard not to go ahead and adorn their Hoosier heads.