When the Los Angeles Clippers signed Danny Granger after the former All-Star was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers in the aftermath of a deal at the NBA Trade Deadline, the signing was seemed to be more of a luxury than anything. If Granger worked out as a scorer coming off of the bench, it’d be a fantastic new addition. If it didn’t work out, no love lost.
However, it seems that the Clippers might begin to need Granger out of necessity. According to a report from Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are going to make a decision in the very near future about whether or not to shut down guard J.J. Redick for the rest of the season.
Redick, who has missed plenty of games this season due to injuries, has been out of the lineup since the beginning of February with a back injury that has plagued him. Even with him recently adding some shooting drills to his training regimen, there is a strong possibility that the Clippers could elect to keep Redick out for the remainder of the year.
If that ends up being the case, Granger could be asked to assume a much larger role with this team. We’ve already seen this start to happen over the last two games, in which Granger has played 23 and 24 minutes respectively. While you might have assumed that kind of role would be a temporary thing, that might not be the case if Redick doesn’t return.
In those two games playing over 20 minutes, Granger has been a huge help to the Clippers’ offense. Though it’s a small sample-size at two games, Granger has averaged 16 points, four rebounds, 1.5 assists, one block and one steal while shooting a combined 12-22 from the floor and 4-10 from three.
After how Granger performed early this year in his return to the Indiana Pacers, there were serious concerns about how well he could still produce in his new home of L.A. If the Clippers are going to be contenders, which they’re shaping up to be, having Granger perform like he has over these last two contests may be the biggest key too that.