2013 NBA Free Agency: 5 Most Likely Landing Spots for Danny Granger
5 Most Likely Landing Spot for Danny Granger
While the Indiana Pacers are battling the Miami Heat for a spot in the NBA Finals, the rest of the basketball world is watching Indiana's bench, where Danny Granger sits in street clothes, pondering his future.
It's really an unfortunate situation for Granger, who was the future of the Pacers just a few months ago, especially after their deep playoff run in 2012. However, Indiana is better without him and is playing at an absolutely incredible level right now, so it's only natural the team doesn't want to disrupt that chemistry.
The man who was recently the biggest name on the Pacers' roster is now rumored to be traded pretty much anywhere and everywhere, but our own Paul Seaver broke it down on Wednesday and we've got the top five landing spots for Granger.
5. Phoenix Suns
The Suns lack star power and Granger could be an instant fit in Phoenix. The Suns could then make the decision on whether or not they want to keep him or simply let him go via free agency in the summer of 2014. Granger would fill a need for the Suns and there are plenty of pieces that Indiana could use in return to bolster a lineup that is already knocking on the door of championship potential.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are headlining the NBA trade rumor mill thus far. From DeAndre Jordan to Eric Bledsoe to the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, things are swirling. So could they potentially be in the Granger sweepstakes? Bledsoe would provide some added depth in the back court, while Granger could be a name that interests Chris Paul. Cap space might be tight for Los Angeles, though.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks are trying to make some moves this off-season and Mark Cuban is hoping to implement a two-year plan and persuade either Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to make a move to Dallas. Those are easier options than Granger, but what if the Mavericks can't get either of them -- there's no way Cuban sits back this off-season.
2. Boston Celtics
Could a swap of Danny Granger and Paul Pierce work? Well, at first you think, why would the Celtics make this switch and take on $14 million for next season? It's intriguing though because a back court rotation of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Danny Granger could be more than dangerous on the offensive end.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers want a scoring small forward and they also hold the No. 1 overall pick in a weak NBA Draft. It could also free up some cap space down the line if Granger doesn't fit past the summer of 2014. A lot of players could be potential targets by Cleveland this off-season and Granger should be among them.