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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  86 responses

Danny Granger Expects to Start for the Indiana Pacers Next Season


Paul George has clearly suplanted him as the Indiana Pacers’ go-to player, but Danny Granger isn’t prepared to completely move aside once he’s healthy again. Granger says that he plans to be re-inserted in the Pacers’ starting lineup next season. Per the Indy Star Q&A: “Question: Your thoughts on the team? Answer: ‘I’m extremely proud, especially the younger guys. Paul George, Lance Stephenson, the growth they’ve shown this year is really admirable. We lost me and we had to rotate how we were going to play. They stepped up. Roy had another great year, George Hill had a great year. It’s another step for us. We started three years ago. We kind of snuck into the playoffs against the Bulls. We got to the second round, lost to the Heat, lost to Heat again, but it’s building blocks. We keep building toward our final goal.’ Q: The joy in seeing the team grow after years of struggle? A: ‘I’m so happy, I don’t even know how to describe it. My wife was like, ‘You’ve been just so happy walking around here.’ It’s exciting to see us doing so well. I’ve been here through all the years we weren’t doing so well. We drafted Roy, we drafted Paul, we drafted Lance, the cornerstones of our foundation and it’s been impressive to see them grow.’ Q: What do you see in the possibilities with you and Paul together next year? A: ‘It’s scary. I think it’s really scary what we can do when we play together….For the most part, our future is very, very bright.’ Q: How confident are you that you’ll be 100 percent and able to contribute? A: ‘I’m confident. My rehab is probably another month and a half to two months, so I’ll be ready for the season. It’s just a matter of time.’ [...] Q: What role do you foresee for yourself next year? A: ‘I expect to be back in the starting lineup. We really didn’t have a drop off from the team before in this team. We lost to the Heat again and my role is kind of secondary to my health.’”

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  • underdog

    Well, I hope he’s ready to work for that spot in the starting lineup, because nobody will give up a place for him just that easy.

  • spit hot fiyah

    great with competition. i hope he will accept a bench role, which he was indicating not long ago. they desperately need someone who can fill it up off the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well this is already not going well.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Is anyone else discouraged by this? I think the best thing for the Pacers is to let Lance start and keep PG at the 3. Lance may not be a consistant shooter but he’s shown us he can facilitate and rebound well for a 2 guard. Plus having Granger coming off the bench gives you that scoring option they so desperately need because their bench was sad to watch.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    No, have him be the sixth man, since the Pacers don’t have any type of scoring punch off the bench.

  • Fat Lever

    Indiana is in a great position. They can trade away Granger either for immediate help or potentially unprotected draft picks that may end up being top 5.

    Seems like Indiana needs a PG that can run a halfcourt. Rondo? Imagine Indiana with a starting lineup of Rondo/Stephenson/PG/D West/Hibbert.

  • Fat Lever

    Not sure how much business sense to the Indiana front office it is to have a $14m contract as a bench player.

    Indiana’s core(Hibbert/West/Granger/Lance) seem to be growing together and play well together. I would let that continue to happen.

    Granger is a chip that can strengthen their team if the FO knows what to do.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    To me that’s all they need to get over the hump named the Miami Heat. They really struggled to get into their offensive sets so having a pure point guard could smooth out those wrinkles.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he just has one year left on his deal fat. i think trying it for a year doesn’t say anything about their business sense. It’s not like Granger is a long term investment.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Would you trade him for a pg or let George Hill continue to work on his point gaurd skill and let him learn how to run a team?

  • R32

    Amnesty this fake tough guy.

  • Fat Lever

    True, but they have a young core(save for D West) that mesh well together and are one piece away from really becoming elite. You don’t run into this scenario too many times as a franchise so, to me, I would maximize this opportunity the best way I can.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would trade him for a wing. They need a scorer. If Granger isn’t willing to be that guy off the bench, I would try and use him to find someone. Or if somehow you can convince a GM to give up a good asset for him, get a starter and let Lance Stephenson be the guy off the bench.

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    Hill does exactly what the team wants him to. And he’s probably the most well suited PG for the role he is playing in the whole league. I wouldn’t worry about replacing him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    depends what they can get for Granger. I fully think trading him is the play here. It just depends what you get back.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Granger with 1 year and 14 million will not get them even a lottery pick.

  • Fat Lever

    It’s risky, what about Eric Gordon? He wants to come back to Indiana(from what I’ve read) and when healthy(big if) he’s a top 5(maybe top 3) SG in the league.

    Also allows NO to do a semi-salary dump and continue their rebuild, and isn’t Granger from NO? Win-Win?

    Armchair GM’ing is fun.

  • Max

    I was also thinking about trading him for EG, but unless you’re Phoenix, EG is the biggest risk you can take in the whole league (Except for Oden, but he doesn’t have such a large price tag on him).

  • Max

    Didn’t he say some time back that he’d be willing to come off the bench?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ironic, I was in the Eric Gordon for Danny Granger camp all season until the playoffs.

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    Now, since Eric Gordon is on a max deal, that extends past Paul George / Lance Stephenson’s rookie deals, i am against it. I don’t think giving up future cap space for Eric Gordon is necessarily a good play. Not with his durability issues, and Stephenson’s leap of improvement.

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    if they can trade Granger & Mahinmi for say, Aaron Afflalo & Andrew Nicholson, that’s the type of deal i’d try and make.

  • Basketball Coach

    this looks like a long shot for Granger. with the current Indiana rotation going so well its hard to tell where he’ll be pushed in.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • pposse

    it can’t be such a bad idea to have Paul George play the 2 with Granger at 3 (granted Granger needs to play at or near the level he was at pre-injury). Paul George would have an advantage in every which way on all SG’s in the league an its not like opposing small forwards in the league will be able to guard him..or they would have to pick and choose if Granger is on the court. They would have a very big starting lineup if Paul George moved to the 2 and Granger stayed in at the 3.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    thats what i been saying.. lol. i honestly think pacers should trade DG

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    pacers dont need granger. his team outgrew him

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he wont accept the fact his teammates outgrew him

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    trade

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i would keep Hill

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    finally… some who sees g.hill as a great asset to indiana

  • Seth

    Oh, sure, the Celtics will def give up one of the best point guards in the NBA in exchange for a guy who’s always injured.

  • Mars

    I expect a pay raise…and ION Danny Granger is trade bait

  • LakeShow

    He’d be nice at SF if he’s right.
    I don’t know why everyone is thinking otherwise.

  • a_whiteman_23

    did I miss something? were talking about danny granger an all star player who has averaged 25 ppg a game, and hes all of a sudden losing his starting job to lance Stephenson? danny is a big time scorer and provides just the same if not better rebounding than Stephenson. anyone suggesting to start lance over him clearly is overlooking the type of player granger is and has been in this league.

  • LakeShow

    I agree with you. Assuming he is at 80% of where he use to be that is.

    PLUS… Lance is perfect off the bench. Non stop energy and he can be a rebounding and fast breaking machine off the bench.

    He’s built for a 6th man role in his current makeup.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I agree with moving Paul to the 2 as being an advantage but moving Granger to the 3 is a disadvantage. His defensive skills are not up to par to contend with the likes of LBJ, Melo, Durant, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    George would probably pass as a very good 2, but I don’t think I’d be very apt to take him away from the hoop. Especially as he matures. Keeping him as a 3, and using Granger to grab youth is the play here.

  • a_whiteman_23

    exactly! lances game is multi faceted and he can provide whatever is missing off the bench, be it tough defence, tempo change, etc I don’t think its smart to just trade away a guy cuz he was injured and someone stepped up in his absence, that’s what bench players are supposed to do.

  • Youngindy21

    These idiots are bandwagon fans therefore they don’t know how good Danny Granger really is. I am a real fan and I know he is probably the best shooter on the team and therefore should start. If he did come of the bench it would be like a James Harden in OKC type deal where he plays more minutes then the guy in front of him and adds scoring to the bench.

  • Youngindy21

    He said that when he was coming off injury. He didn’t expect to be inserted right in the starting lineup after missing months. That doesn’t mean he is content being a bench player the rest of his career.

  • Max

    He’s a 20 ppg 42% shooting guy worth 14 million and plays the same position of the teams best player.
    George Hill/PG/Granger/DWest/Hibbert.
    I don’t know if that lineup would work, would be intresting and they would be very difficult to guard because of their length tho.

  • Youngindy21

    How so? The Pacers organization/front office already said that their dream is to have both Paul George and Danny Granger on the floor at the same time.

  • Max

    Ah, that makes sense.

  • pposse

    I dont disagree, it just that my personal preference is to have a big lineup, there are so much more natural advantages in the game of basketball with one. Having him at the 2 shouldn’t dictate whether he gets stretched away from the bucket. A triangle offense would be sweet, maybe they should just fire Vogel and have Shaw become the head coach? I do question whether Granger and George can co-exist, whether they take away each other’s driving lanes etc. Also not sure what type of guys they can get for Grangers expiring contract?

  • pposse

    Granger has always been a 3. I say he’s like a second tier SF, again not all SF’s in the league are on the level of LBJ, Melo, Durant. The level beneath them (a steep drop down that is) there is Granger. Granger’s offensive threat is enough to make either of those top tier guys work on defense and if worst comes to worst they can put Paul George on those guys at the crucial points in the game.

  • pposse

    exactly lance is the guy you want contending for sixth man of the yr

  • Dfrance

    I don’t think people are questioning the mans talent, but the team has meshed really well without him. Just because he puts up big numbers doesn’t mean he’s a good fit for the team as it stands today. Memphis traded their leading scorer in Rudy Gay and took off.

    If you can trade him, get a 2 guard that can shoot that would compliment your other players then I think that would be a smart move.

  • pposse

    that lineup right there looks pretty damn good on paper

  • Youngindy21

    No Memphis benefited from facing a Westrbook-less OKC team in the second round. When they got to the West Finals they didn’t have a consistent scorer who could create his own shot so they got dominated and swept by the Spurs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, you are taking him away from the hoop by making him the secondary ball-handeler on a team without a ball dominant player. Just by putting him on the court as the second best decision maker / ball handeler you are taking him away from the hoop.
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    they already run a lot of triangle concepts. it’s hard to recognize, but they do a lot what the Lakers were doing with Kobe/Shaq. Just instead of relying on wing isolations to stretch the defense, they rely on pick and rolls/pops
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    you can get something for Granger. That’s for sure. But you are right, we don’t know exactly what.
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    sounds like we pretty much agree, i just don’t think risking what you’ve started building is worth risking just because Danny Granger is a better player than Lance Stephenson.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL, don’t believe what you are told. That’s rule number 1 of front office relationships with media. The Pacers would prefer Granger come off the bench. He’s close to 30, makes 13 million next season. There is no future for him in the Pacers starting lineup.

  • LakeShow

    Nash at 40 should be given the reigns to a championship contender but Granger at 30 has no business starting?
    lol…
    Not comparing players… it’s just an interesting way of viewing things.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Be that as it may I just don’t see paying him $14 million for his services even if it’s only for one season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL you called them a championship contender.
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    And Granger has 1 year and 14 million left. He’s very tradeable.
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    Nash is 40, with 2 years and 20 million left. He’s not tradeable.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Danny Granger will be traded before the next season starts.. lol

  • Feez_22

    Not idiots… granger has quickly become the most overrated player on slam online. Granger has regressed ever since that 25ppg yr in percentage and points. All granger would do is take shots away from the big men who will be much more efficient than him next season (hibbert better shoot 50% and if west comes back he is usually around 47-49%)

    The pacers flourished this year because of their defense and rebounding but reached max potential when they were playing through their bigs. Granger would take shots away from those bigs and even would take possessions away from george. Look at it as a rudy gay in memphis situation except that the pacers have a better replacement wing in paul george.

    Granger was a 25 and 24ppg player on non playoff teams. his 18ppg on 41% in 2011-2012 is truly indicative of what he is. George is around that but does way more things than granger and has room to grow. Granger is what he is… inefficient scorer. Is lance a better player than danny? HELL NO. however, does lance fit this team in terms of a player that doesn’t demand a lot of shots, plays pretty good defense and looks like he can blow up as a rebounding 2 guard (he avg 7.6 rebs a game in this years playoff run alone something granger has never done).

    What this team really needs is a point guard. If you believe in the growth of hibbert and george like i do that’s 2 players that will increase their scoring and efficiency. That would mean (if they keep dwest) that they would have 3 players who may be over 15ppg and one player in george that can get over 20ppg.a point guard who can establish some order and who can limit turnovers would help bc it brings george hill off the bench (where he can be that spark). Jose calderon maybe? not a great defender but is a good passer, doesn’t turn it over, can shoot, etc.

  • LakeShow

    Go Suns

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i hope they win 12 games next year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Memphis improved in every way shape and form after Gay was traded.
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    They probably wouldn’t have got past the Clippers if they kept him.

  • pposse

    i hear that; i just don’t think that keeping him for the year and living/dying with his play is a horrible gamble. Especially if Lance Stephenson is the guy you want to replace him with. Nothing wrong with Lance, but i mean his knuckle head-ish qualities were on full display during their playoff run.

  • LakeShow

    Your dumb if you think a squad with KB and Dwight on the same roster isn’t a chip contender.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the problem is, you’ll lose him in the off-season. Signing and Trading him is going to be extremely difficult with the new rules. Also, David West is a free agent right now, if he gets overpaid like i suspect him too, there just wouldn’t be any financial sense in spending 14 million on an asset that you are only going to lose for nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL. All of us said that to people before this season started too.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Oh by no means am I saying it’s a horrible gamble. I’m just stating that if it were me I’d really have to evaluate the situation and see what’s out there.

  • pposse

    the trend in the NBA nowadays is to take pay cuts; granted the guys that are doing this are also guys that have high marketing potential. Maybe West and Granger both take pay cuts and previously discussed this with management? Its possible.

    If your Granger, and your approaching 30 assuming you want to actually win a championship, what other opportunity will be out there for you? If i’m the Pacers GM thats how i would approach the situation. Same thing with David West; i don’t think any team with legit championship aspirations has the money to pay the man his full market value.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Granger is not taking the paycut Indiana would prefer he take. And again, there is still this year, and $14 million that he has to be paid. ANd David West is about to get something between 10-13 million. He’s not taking a paycut to about half that. So either Indiana over pays to keep him, and immediately starts aggressively shopping Granger. Or they let West walk, and then try and make the Granger thing either work, or use him to grab a less expensive PF.

  • pposse

    If its between keeping West for the upcoming year and beyond vs Granger for one year and possibly more then yeah they should just cut ties with Granger and build off this year.

  • AndyK415

    You’re dumb*

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s what it seems to be shaping up to. West is going to get overpaid, i’ve heard speculation from GM’s in the league that he is expected to get about 2 years, 26 million from someone.

  • LakeShow

    Ur dumb*

  • Junior Taylor

    I think they should keep him and move George to the 2 spot and send Lance to the bench. Just imagine the kind of boost and energy Lance will bring to a game going all out for 20-25 mins.

  • Caboose

    I think we reached a time warp or something…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Caboose

    I like George Hill, but he shouldn’t be counted on to lead a team as its point guard. His tempo control and creation of offense is ok, but not enough to put Indy over the hump. If the Pacers did a deal like: Granger and Pendergraph for Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos, and Timofey Mozgov, they’d be solid. Start Miller, Hill, George, West, and Hibbert and bring Lance, Koufos, Hansbrough and Augustin off the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WHAT? why in the world would they trade for a 38 year old point guard and 2 Centers? This is worse then that nonsense you typed up last week.

  • Junior Taylor

    So you think it’s good idea to have 6-2 GHill guarding 2 guards because I don’t and you better not say that Miller does a good job on SGs because he doesn’t.

  • pposse

    what about Tyreke Evans for Danny Granger? Can they do a sign and trade with Tyreke and then ship him to the Pacers maybe with some other expiring contracts for Granger? Is Indiana anywhere near the cap? That trade would mutually benefit both teams. You get a personality in Granger to team up with Boogie to help new ownership veer the team in the right direction; Indiana gets a starting quality shooting guard.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, that’s definitely not a terrible idea. But Evans is a RFA, so he’s going to get a big money offer that i really doubt Indiana will be interested in. But i like the direction you are going with this.

  • DJR84

    Is is just me or does someone like Rondo look like an absolute fit on this team?

  • JL

    Although Lance plays better defense than Granger (I’m guessing based on Danny’s bum knee), his offense drives me nuts! He’s great when driving to the basket, but he can also make some pretty bad mistakes where he has no chance to score. That just brings out his overall effectiveness. And in games that are determined by a couple points, that’s the win right there.

    What does impress me though is how much he has grown and how tough of a player he is. I think he has a great future, but putting him in as the starting SG in the conference finals tells you what a great job the coaching staff has done and how great a collective defensive team the Pacers are.

    Granger would help them out alot since they lacked scoring. People talk about his 40% shooting, but that was with him hurt and as the only option. Now it’s different with George leading the way. Although Paul George doesn’t drive enough when his shooting is off. I bet he will next year though. He’s quickly become a Scottie Pippen lite. Hibbert’s game was just on (although that could just be the Heat defense). West though was exposed in the last game as he’s neither tall nor a high leaper and the Heat defense with short big men was able to limit his effectiveness.

  • davidR

    @disqus_rOeXXBD2qs:disqus would you consider lance and tyreke identical players?

  • Datkid

    Exactly, and then maybe they could play granger at the 4 at some point too, for crunchtime lineups, because granger is a legit 6’10 they wouldn’t be sacrificing defensive length or shooting.
    starting lineup- hill,george,granger,west,hibbert
    crunchtime-hill,lance,george,granger, hibbert.

  • oe4

    crowning a guy that averaged 17ppg a superstar lmao the nba is so sad trying to “MAKE” a superstar. I wouldnt wanna come back if i was Granger. He should be insulted

  • Youngindy21

    You realize that George has a balanced team so he doesn’t have to take on the entire scoring load himself. Not only that this was only his third year in the league. In addition, Paul George does more than just score, he also rebounds and racks up assists and he is one of the best defenders in the league. Basically he does a little bit of everything.

  • mb

    U can’t just trade the man that was there through the ENTIRE rebuilding process

  • LP @ThisisEther

    You really think Memphis would have beat OKC with Westbrook??? I’m just curious as to what others think….everyone please chime in on this…I think OKC wins that in 6 or 7.

  • Armando

    6’7.5″ at 22 years old. 6’8.5″ in the sneakers he wore that day. Only in the NBA that’s a legit 6’10″… As for the discussion as a whole I’m on the fence. I think their main need is a distributing PG. A lot of the catches in the post these playoffs were thanks to Roy Hibbert’s excellent hands (in game 6 he caught some passes I was sure would go out of bounds or be fumbled away). I really like both Hill and Stephenson, but way to many times the entry passes from the wing were sloppy, off-target or badly timed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    OKC would have stomped them out with Westbrook. Gay would had no effect either way

  • Datkid

    Danny Granger is a little taller than his listed height. i’ve seen pictures of him standing besides Lebron(who is also taller than 6’8) and being an inch or so bigger.

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