Mike Wells blog: Most Improved Player = Granger
Nichols could be Graham's replacement. With more length. He would primarily be a SF.
The Pacers got a heck of a deal when they gave Danny Granger a $60-million contract extension last October.
Granger is an elite scorer, an All Star and now the league's Most Improved Player.
All for $60 million.
Can you imagine what kind of money Granger could have gotten if he waited on a new contract until this summer?
A lot more than $60 million.
Owners Herb and Mel Simon should be relieved a deal got done before the Oct. 31 deadline.
Granger will receive his MIP trophy during a ceremony at Conseco Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
The Pacers sent out a press release that said "major press conference" late Monday afternoon.
As I mentioned in the previous blog, I thought it was a two-player race between Granger and New Jersey's Devin Harris.
Granger's 23 games of at least 30 points, including a career high of 42 points twice, definitely helped him, especially since he had huge scoring games against some of the top teams in the league.
Granger finished fourth in the league in fourth-quarter scoring behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
--The Pacers worked out some free agent players Monday.
I don't have the complete list, but I hear guard Blake Ahearn, who appeared in 41 D-League games last season, forward Demetris Nichols, who spent time with Chicago and the Knicks last season, and swingman Trey Johnson, who spent some time with Cleveland, worked out for the Pacers.
The Pacers plan to bring in potential draft picks either later this month or early next month.
Ahearn is a combo guard. Can get to the line. But lacks PG skills. Think of a Jack with worse defense and worse PG skills.
Trey Johnson is a Daniels type player. Good scoring with assists with length and good efficiency. Lacks defense.