Granger's buyout confirmed by Philadelphia, Heat possible destination; Spurs also eyeing him but favors World Peace more
Granger is now a free man, who can choose any team that he wants and a team who needed his veteran savvy offensively and defensively.
Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN confirmed the buyout on Feb. 26.
They reported that Granger is scheduled to clear waivers Friday at 5 p.m. after the Sixers announced that they had released the 30-year-old, mere days after acquiring him in a last-minute deal just before the NBA's annual trade deadline last week for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
And TNT's David Aldridge reports he'll have some suitors—including the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
There'll definitely be some interest from contending teams in need of a veteran on the wing, but don't expect any desperation or drooling. Remember, the Indiana Pacers shipped him out because they weren't confident he could help them as much as Turner and Allen.
There was some long-term thinking involved in swapping out Granger for two younger pieces, but the Pacers are in a position where every move is focused on one thing: winning a title. If they believed Granger would have been helpful in reaching that goal, he'd still be in Indy.
So, there's something we need to acknowledge about Granger up front: He's not a star anymore. In fact, he might not even be a rotation player.
Still, he's a veteran with a track record of solid play and a good reputation as a locker room leader. The way he handled Paul George's ascent into his vacant starring role speaks to the latter quality.
Having left a contender at the trade deadline, Granger will probably want to join a team occupying a spot in the league's upper echelon. That'll work fine, as those are precisely the kinds of outfits that could use his experience and skill in limited roles.
Don't rule out lesser squads, though. Granger might also want a larger dose of playing time so he can prove his health and up his value before hitting free agency this summer.
Granger was selected 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
He has a breakout season for the Pacers in the 2008-2009 season where he emerged as the cornerstone of the franchise and also became their prime defender against the superstars of the NBA such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
Granger's star status decreases because of injuries that hobbles him throughout his career which paved the way for the emergence of All-Star Paul George in Indiana.
Possible Miami Signing
Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball Insiders believes Granger will sign with the Miami Heat after the bought out.
Koutroupis thinks Granger ends up in Miami. San Antonio makes some sense too, but the Spurs is much interested in Metta World Peace and could be the better option for them.
Granger should get some run with the Heat and few teams have a better opportunity for an NBA Championship than Miami.
It also gives Granger the opportunity to burn his former team, who he’s not exactly happy with given the last second trade sending him to Philadelphia.
Granger's buyout confirmed by Philadelphia, Heat possible destination; Spurs also eyeing him but favors World Peace more Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/27/2014 Rating: