2013 NBA trade rumors now include a possible Danny Granger trade to the New York Knicks. This trade rumor with the Knicks seems to have begun with an article from The Sporting News on Tuesday (Feb. 19). In the deal, the Indiana Pacers would give up Granger in exchange for Iman Shumpert, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, and James White.
The reason a trade like this works for the Knicks is that Granger can be a very tough defender on opposing small forwards. That would allow the Knicks to put him on LeBron James in the postseason and have Carmelo Anthony continue to log heavy minutes at the power forward position. He is also capable of putting up a lot of points on offense, giving the Knicks yet another weapon from three-point range.
Giving up Shumpert would be a tough pill to swallow, but getting an explosive player like Granger could be a difference-maker in the postseason. The reason the Pacers make a trade like this is to shed salary and bring on a young guard in Shumpert. The other pieces might help in the playoffs this season and White could add value in the long-term. Being able to get out of the contract ($14 million in 2013-14) that Granger has might make this a very hard deal for the Pacers to pass up.
These 2013 NBA trade rumors aren't the first to suggest a Danny Granger trade and they certainly won't be the last in the final hours before the deadline. The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers don't necessarily need to make a deal this season, but there are elements of a Granger for Iman Shumpert trade that simply make a lot of sense.
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