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76ers buy out Granger

Danny Granger
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In a move they didn’t have to do, the Philadelphia 76ers completed a buyout of Danny Granger’s contract, Wednesday, allowing the 9-year veteran to become a free agent and possibly join a contender.

“A trade is never easy, especially when you have been with one team your entire career,” Granger said Wednesday in a statement to NBA.com “But, the professionalism, honesty, time and care the Philadelphia 76ers spent on my situation made me feel appreciated and confident we would reach a mutually beneficial resolution.”

Reported frontrunners for Granger’s services are the Spurs and the Clippers. I don’t believe rumors, however, that there is interest in Granger coming from the Miami Heat and vice-versa.

Though the angle is easy to formulate, especially if one is inclined to play the “revenge factor” for the former Pacer to join the Heat and chase a ring, the personnel and personality just doesn’t quite make sense.

Personnel, in that fact that the Heat have enough players that play Granger’s position like Rashard Lewis, James Jones, Shane Battier, as well as Michael Beasley and even Ray Allen to an extent. Granger has been reduced to a jump shooter since coming back from injury, and hasn’t quite shown the same explosiveness and maneuverability. Granger isn’t the vengeful type either. He actually surprised the Pacers at practice the day after he got traded and said his “good-byes” as well as thanked the people that he’d been around for nine seasons since the franchise drafted him in 2005.

I personally think he fits teams like the Spurs, Bulls, Mavs and Grizzlies the best; teams that play a more deliberate pace and put an added emphasis on defensive principles.

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