Danny Granger rumors have the Philadelphia 76ers approaching a buyout decision. The 76ers didn't trade for Granger to play him and rumors have surfaced that several teams would be interested in signing him should he reach free agency. According to a report from NBC Sports on Monday (Feb. 24), the team and the agent of their newly acquired player are working on a buyout number that would take him off the roster. He would immediately be able to sign with any team other than Philadelphia and the Indiana Pacers.
The coach of the 76ers (Brett Brown) stated that, "In the next short period of time, maybe even in the next 24 hours and announcement will be made on the direction our situation with Danny Granger will go. He most definitely wants to play basketball this year. He is assessing his goals at this stage of his career. He wants to play. I think he is just trying to sort out what is best for both parties and that has yet to be determined.”
In limited action this season (29 games), he averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Pacers. They dealt him to acquire Evan Turner and get better off the bench, but it also shows how far his stock has dropped since Paul George emerges as the leader of the team. He could help the 76ers if he wanted to play there, but it is very likely that by the end of the week he will be calling a new franchise home.
Teams like the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs have emerged as suitors, with other Danny Granger rumors suggesting that the Miami Heat would be a good fit. It might be a tough sell by Knicks management to get him to come to Madison Square Garden, especially if other contending teams are willing to take a shot. The next 24 hours of this story will likely flesh out more information on this story, including whether his agent and the 76ers come to terms on that buyout.
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