Danny Granger was once one of the best players in the NBA and a lock to be the Indiana Pacers‘ top scorer each year, but then injuries started to hit. The veteran small forward had been the Pacers’ best player for a good four-year stretch. Now the former star has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers prior to this year’s trade deadline and, well, he’s not too happy about it.
In fact, reports have surfaced that Granger has allegedly asked to be sent to a different team — most likely the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. While his top two choices are easily two of the favorites to win the NBA title, he is looking more and more like a guy who could become a problem.
Sure, it’s not the most ideal situation in Philadelphia with the 15-40 76ers, but asking to be dealt again even before stepping foot onto the court with his new team has to be one of the worst ideas possible.
Granger has been struggling to return from injury and has not been the 20 point per game scorer that he had been in years past. A move to join the mediocre 76ers would do nothing but make him the star of the team with Michael Carter-Williams and possibly resurrect his otherwise forgotten career.
Why should the Heat stay away from the forward?
Well, he would do nothing but back up LeBron James and Michael Beasley — possibly fighting for minutes with Beasley. He would be nothing more than a distraction for a team looking to win a title especially since he could apparently ask for a trade at any moment. If a guy doesn’t want to play for a team he has been traded to just because he has too much pride, I think that guy should be avoided by contenders at all costs.
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. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.