76ers Acquire Danny Granger From Indiana For Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the best scorers in basketball from 2007 to 2012, Danny Granger has experienced the highs and lows of NBA basketball. From superstardom as the Indiana Pacers’ number one option years ago, Granger lost influence and playing time with the emergence of Paul George and Lance Stephenson coupled with injury problems. Today, the former All Star may have hit rock bottom by being traded to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.

That’s right, the Pacers have finally unloaded Granger’s megadeal onto someone. The deal, which broke around 3:30 PM EST, sees Philadelphia send Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to Indiana for the 30-year old swingman. One of the best shooters in the NBA, Granger will add excitement to a Sixers team devoid of it throughout the first half of the season. Dubbed “Tankadelphia,” the 76ers have not exactly been urgent in their efforts to get better prior to this June’s NBA Draft. By trading Turner for Granger, they continued their “Tankapalooza” goals.

Yes, Granger is a talented player. But, his best days are clearly behind him. Theoretically, Turner’s still lie ahead. Which sort of makes this deal seem trivial from Philadelphia’s standpoint. It was clear that the Sixers wanted to unload the #2 pick in the 2010 draft. His upcoming restricted free agency coupled with a consistent level of immaturity cooled Philadelphia’s interest in retaining Turner. The 76ers were also below the minimum salary cap floor following their earlier trade of Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The good news is that Granger’s contract is expiring. Which means that the 76ers will unload $14.021 million from their books this offseason. Reports suggested that Philadelphia was looking to deal Turner for a first round pick. They took the next best option, a versatile scorer who can put butts in the seats and who also has a massive expiring contract. It may not have been the deal that Sam Hinkie intended to make. But, it may just be the best one for Philadelphia in the long run.

Earlier today, the 76ers acquired two second round picks and SF Earl Clark from the Cavs for Hawes, another free agent this offseason. They also acquired two second round picks and PG Eric Maynor from Washington and C Byron Mullens from the Clippers for another second round pick.

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