Indiana Pacers trade rumors still precede the Danny Granger injury return. That might soon change, though, because according to a report from Sunday night (Feb. 10), Granger may play in the Wednesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats (Feb. 13).
Granger has been out with a left knee injury all season, but was able to complete his first full-court practice on Sunday. He was the leading scorer for the Pacers last season, but the emergence of Paul George has created quite a few trade rumors. The team has a tough choice to make here and getting him back on the court eight days before the NBA trade deadline can only help.
It is very clear that the Pacers are on a tear and that the offense has finally found a nice rhythm. The team is now 31-20, holds first place in the Central Division, and is currently the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Trading Granger for the right pieces might be a good move at this point, but he could also make the roster stronger and deeper.
There is a lot riding on the return of Granger and the team will need him to find his shooting stroke right away. The last thing the team needs is to struggle with chemistry and start sliding down the standings. That fear is reason enough to expect even more Indiana Pacers trade rumors as the deadline approaches.
Danny Granger is due about $14 million next year in what will be a contract year for him. That's a pretty affordable contract for a player who can score 20 points a night, so there might be a few teams that come calling if he can prove himself to be healthy again. With the Pacers under the salary cap next season already, though, there is no rush to trade Granger during the season.
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