Pacers' Granger wants long-term deal
By Jeff Rabjohns
Posted: July 1, 2008
Danny Granger’s long-range future with the Indiana Pacers could be settled later this summer.
The 6-9 swingman, who was the Pacers’ leading scorer last year in his third year in the NBA, is eligible for a long-term extension. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said he’ll likely begin talks with the Pacers in a few weeks.
“These things are never easy, but they want to keep Danny and Danny wants to stay,” Bartelstein said today.
Granger averaged 19.6 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He had seven 30-point games, four in the final 14 games. The 17th pick in the 2005 draft has become an above average shooter, hitting 40.4 percent from 3-point range last season.
“He’s a great kid. His family has done a great job raising him,” Bartelstein said. “He’s excited about being a part of the community, and he’s excited about being a part of the rebuilding of the Pacers.”
Granger is scheduled to make $2.3 million next season, after which he becomes a restricted free agent. The Pacers must at least make a qualifying offer of $3.3 million for 2009-10 to retain the right to match any free agent offer he receives.
Also, Pacers center and David Harrison and guard Andre Owens are free agents.
Harrison, a 7-foot center from Colorado who completed his fourth year in NBA, became expendable after the Pacers acquired veteran Rasho Nesterovic and Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert to complement Jeff Foster.
Pacers president Larry Bird declined through a spokesman to comment on personnel moves or Granger’s contract status.
Five players with state ties are among the 15 expected to play in the Pacers’ rookie and free agent camp that runs Thursday through Sunday.
Ben Davis High School graduate Stanley Burrell of Xavier, Pike and Purdue product David Teague, Butler’s Pete Campbell, Indiana University’s Earl Calloway and Valparaiso’s Ali Berdiel are among those who have been invited.
Pacers veterans Shawne Williams, heading into his third NBA season, and Stephen Graham, heading into his fourth year, also are expected to play.
The players the Pacers acquired in the Jermaine O’Neal deal with Toronto and in the draft-day deal with Portland can’t participate because those trades aren’t official until July.9.
The complete list of players expected to play can be found at indystar.com/pacers.
Call Star reporter Jeff Rabjohns at (317) 444-6183.