NBA Rumors: Danny Granger’s 5 Rumored Landing Spots After Sixers’ Buyout
NBA Rumors: 5 Possible Landing Spots for Danny Granger
It has been an interesting couple of weeks for Danny Granger. Finding himself on one of the best teams in the NBA in the Indiana Pacers, Granger seemed to have his season set and a league title seemed very likely. However, he was dealt at trade deadline to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers last week and he was not very happy about the deal.
Sure, going from a first-place team in the division to a last-place team has to be somewhat angering, but the fact that he was dealt after suffering injuries and finally getting some of his rhythm back has to be frustrating. Heck, Granger was once the best player on the Pacers before his devastating injuries that limited him for the better part of two seasons.
In fact, Granger led the team in points from the 2007-08 season to the 2011-12 season and he looked to be a star in the league for years to come, but injuries hampered that notion. Granger has played in just 96 games since the 2011-12 season while starting just two games in the past two seasons.
There has to be a way to get Granger back to form, but he is now 30 years old and it could be said that the "back-nine" of his career has already begun. While he has the talent and potential to be great once again, he just doesn't have the same explosion in his step that he had a couple years ago.
Now that the 76ers are buying out his contract, per his request, the possible landing spots for Granger are starting to be rumored and I think now is the perfect time to present to you the top five rumored destinations for Granger.
He wants to sign with a contender, and that's what most of these teams are. Let's take a look at the top-five landing spots for Granger.
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Oklahoma City Thunder
While the Thunder may be the quietest when it comes to the Danny Granger sweepstakes, but it does make sense. When it comes to depth, the Thunder could use some help in case of another injury to a top player and he could give Durant a much-needed rest down the stretch and take some pressure off him.
Miami and Danny Granger haven't always gotten along. In fact, in the 2012 playoffs, Granger got in the face of many Heat players, adding an extra chippy attitude to the series. However, the Heat must decide whether they want to pursue Caron Butler or Granger during each of their buyouts.
San Antonio Spurs
Apparently, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are trying to sway the 30-year-old small forward into signing with them by promising him a Robert Horry-like role. Well, if he wants to win an NBA title, this may be his best option with an experienced team like the Spurs. They will likely be fighting for a title in May and June.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have become "frontrunners" to land Granger, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Granger wants to play for a contender, and there might be no more exciting team to be part of than the Clippers. The first-place Clippers' roster seems pretty set, but adding Granger could make them as deep as any team.
The Chicago Bulls are still fighting for a playoff spot, and Granger would help them reach their goal. The Bulls have reported interest in the veteran forward, according to Wojnarowski. It's starting to look like the Bulls are the team on the outside looking in. However, crazier things have happened in free agency.