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vnzla81
03-11-2012, 02:28 PM
Yeah I don't think we are trading him.


http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/03/11/12/Granger-found-in-trade-rumors-despite-su/landing.html?blockID=685200&feedID=3798




Granger found in trade rumors despite success

MIAMI - When it's 3:01 p.m. EDT Thursday, then Danny Granger can relax.

Seemingly, every year the Indiana forward has found his name in trade rumors. But if you think Granger has his guard down this year because the Pacers finally have a winning team for the first time in his seven-year career, you'd be wrong.

"Possibly," Granger said before scoring 19 points in Saturday's 93-91 overtime loss to Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena about whether he believes he could dealt by Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. "You don't know with the NBA. Trades can always happen. Sometimes they're expected, sometimes they're not expected. So you just got to play on."

Granger isn't anticipating being dealt. He figures if that were the case, Indiana president Larry Bird would have said something to him.

"Probably not going to happen," Granger said. "But who knows? You never know what can happen."

The Pacers, after all, do have emerging second-year man Paul George, who is now starting at shooting guard and could be groomed to one day to replace Granger at a more natural position of small forward. And Granger, making $13 million next season and $14 million in 2012-13, has a salary Indiana might not mind one day dumping.

As for Granger, he wants to stay. After suffering through all those losing seasons, the Pacers are 23-15 entering Sunday night's game at Orlando.

"Yeah, that would be ideal," said Granger, still not sounding certain he'll still be around after Thursday's deadline. "But, like I said, in the NBA trades happen all the time and when they do, you just kind of keep going."

What isn't going the way it once did is an eye-popping scoring average from Granger. He averaged as many as 25.8 points during his All-Star season of 2008-09 and also was over 20 in each of the previous two seasons.

But Granger this year is down to 18.1. It hasn't helped that he's shooting a career-low 38.7 percent, but the Pacers also have more offensive weapons now with the acquisition of power forward David West and continued offensive development by center Roy Hibbert, an All-Star last month, and George.

"He's really been great about adjusting his role and not having to be the go-to guy and the volume shooter, and just letting the defense dictatate the shots and the ball movement dictate the shots rather than forcing too much," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of Granger. "He's been great from that standpoint, just being unselfishness and a team player."

For a half decade in Indiana, Granger was clearly the man on offense. But it didn't translate into winning.

Granger did go to the playoffs as a rookie in 2005-06, when the Pacers went 41-41 and were ousted in the first round. But that team was going downhill. Optimism really didn't start to return to the organization until late season, when the Pacers replaced Jim O'Brien with Vogel, made a run to finish 37-45 and gave Chicago a nice battle in the first round before losing 4-1.

Granger still leads Indiana this season in scoring. But the Pacers are one of the most team-oriented gangs in the NBA, with seven players averaging nine or more points.

"I don't have to do as much offensively," Granger said. "As long as the wins come, I don't care… It's an awesome feeling (finally being on a winner). You suffer through a lot over the past years, and we had the brawl and they had to clean shop, and it's good to see it turn all back around now."

It's been more than seven years since the November 2004 brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which included then Pacers forward Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace) charging into the stands and being suspended for the rest of the season. The Pacers ended up have other disciplinary problems with players, and now they finally have recovered.

Bird remained patient in his rebuilding of the team. And now Bird has a chance to become the first man in NBA history to have won MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

"He's endured the struggles, as I have and some of the people who have been with us for the last few years," Vogel, who arrived as an assistant in 2007, said when asked about Granger finally being on a winner. "Being on those losing teams, not being able to get over the hump, and to finally get up to where we have a good record, we're a winning team. We understand we still got to finish strong, but I'm very, very happy for Danny and he's thrilled to just be a part of it."

Nevertheless, after enduring all those rugged years, Granger doesn't feel certain he'll still be around past next Thursday.

Steagles
03-11-2012, 02:30 PM
As much as I like Danny, we should trade him IF the package received is good enough to help get a better player.

PacerPenguins
03-11-2012, 02:40 PM
RONDO!!

DocHolliday
03-11-2012, 02:41 PM
As much as I like Danny, we should trade him IF the package received is good enough to help get a better player.

Yup, I, too, would trade Granger for a player who is better than he is.

yoadknux
03-11-2012, 02:42 PM
As much as I like Danny, we should trade him IF the package received is good enough to help get a better player.
I'd say that for pretty much our whole roster.
Anyway, I don't think Granger's getting traded. Larry likes to say that "He's been a good soldier", and I agree with him. We sucked for so long, Granger had horrible players around him and he never cried about it, never demanded a trade, never demanded a roster overhaul. I really respect him for that.
And other than that, going back to the trade rumors from earlier this year, Granger & George were both stated as untouchable...

Steagles
03-11-2012, 03:44 PM
Yup, I, too, would trade Granger for a player who is better than he is.

Alright Dr. Smartass, I said to HELP get another player who is better. That means flipping him for pieces that can further be flipped with a Tyler or DC / picks for a better player.

Sparhawk
03-11-2012, 04:16 PM
I don't see Granger getting traded. But it's getting more difficult to have your best player shooting under 40%. Hibbs is disappearing again. Hans has regressed. DC isn't the best at running a team.

I would honestly say anyone on this team outside of PG could be traded.

I would trade Granger to get Derick Williams + first/player.

Justin Tyme
03-11-2012, 04:55 PM
Larry likes to say that "He's been a good soldier", and I agree with him. We sucked for so long, Granger had horrible players around him and he never cried about it, never demanded a trade, never demanded a roster overhaul. I really respect him for that.



For good or bad, Bird seems to be one for loyalty. I don't envision Granger being traded by the trade deadline. If things sour the rest of the season or don't go well in the playoffs, then I could see Granger being traded.

Justin Tyme
03-11-2012, 04:59 PM
I don't see Granger getting traded. But it's getting more difficult to have your best player shooting under 40%. Hibbs is disappearing again. Hans has regressed. DC isn't the best at running a team.

I would honestly say anyone on this team outside of PG could be traded.

I would trade Granger to get Derick Williams + first/player.


I could vote for that. Throw in Pekovic, and I'll rent a limo and go up and get Williams and Pekovic.

BlueNGold
03-11-2012, 07:31 PM
If we could get a younger player with similar talent...particularly at a different position...that would be a good move. But it seems to me that the players that I might want (for Granger) are not going to be available and for good reason.

Not sure I want Rondo...but he would be a strong leader for this team and would help our confidence. He'd also greatly help our defense at the point of attack.

Bball
03-11-2012, 07:35 PM
I don't care who has been a good soldier or who would or wouldn't like playing for whatever teams.... If an offered trade improves the Pacers the front office should make it.

Doddage
03-11-2012, 07:47 PM
I could vote for that. Throw in Pekovic, and I'll rent a limo and go up and get Williams and Pekovic.
Pekovic isn't a throw-in the way he's been playing recently. I think Granger for Derrick Williams alone would be iffy for them.