Chicago Bulls Rumors: Will Danny Granger Be Targeted This Offseason?

Danny Granger

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Rumors have been circulating recently that Danny Granger is seeking a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers which would make him available on the free market this coming offseason. Several teams have been reported as keeping an eye on him should the 76ers grant his request. One of these teams are the Chicago Bulls, who could definitely use someone like Granger on the team.

As the end of the 2013-14 season draws closer, the Bulls’ front office, along with the Chicago fanbase agree on one thing — Chicago needs some new talent. Since Chicago decided to make no moves before the trading deadline, analysts are predicting that the Bulls are one of the teams that will be making some big moves this offseason. The only question right now is who they will be going after. Now that Granger enters the conversation as a potential free agent, hopefully this spurs some minds in the Bulls’ front office that are looking for some inexpensive offensive talent.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound star player spent the majority of his career with the Indiana Pacers. However in the past two years, injuries have hampered him from playing at the level he is capable of. On the eve of the trading deadline, the Pacers made a controversial trade with the 76ers for Evan Turner and LaVoy Allen, sending Granger from a team with possible title aspirations to a rebuilding team.

Granger is definitely looking for a return to a team that is capable of contending for the title. Suitably, the Bulls are one of the teams he’s keeping a close eye on. If signed, Granger could offer Chicago a strong offensive and defensive push that is well-needed. Granger has career averages of 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. Concerns over his injuries should not mar what has already been a successful career with lots of potential. Granger could definitely grow with the Bulls.

While the Bulls are missing a complete roster right now, they still have what it takes to be brought up in serious conversation regarding a deep stretch into the playoffs. With a healthy Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah in the frontcourt and the talents of head coach Tom Thibodeau, Granger could be their missing piece in regards to building a more competent offense.

This is one of the few trade and signing rumors swirling around the Bulls at the moment that actually has some traction to it. Fans should keep a close eye on this one.

Tracy Martin is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TracyMartin23 or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Adam

    This is assuming Danny will return to full health and play at his former level; I’d rather the Bulls sign him than Melo, so they can still have a shot at bringing Nikola Mirotic over as well.

    • Brian Bush

      I agree 100 percent.