Four years ago, I called for trading Tinsley, and I got shellacked.
Today, I am calling for the trade of Danny Granger. You trade when someone's value is high (like when Tinsley's was much higher four years ago). You trade before you make a huge contract extension and lose your chance thereafter (like we did with Tinsley). You trade when you think the piece you get back is more likely to take the team to the next level than staying put.
We don't know about the last statement. But it's likely we could find someone pretty darn good. Granger is our best trading asset.
I like Granger. I like his all around ability. I like his commitment to defense. I like, especially, his attitude and character. (That would be the hardest thing to part with.)
But I don't like Granger as a franchise player. We need one, and I don't think Danny can live up to that. Neither do I think we can get one without trading Danny.
Personally, I like Dunleavey a lot. There has been much talk about Danny and Dun being redundant at the 3. I would be open to trading Dun instead, but don't think we get as much back.
I also like Dun better for the same reason I'm not in love with Granger. He just doesn't have dependable offensive skills, IMO. Dun can drive, has a midrange game, a great three, and passes quite well and really has a feel for the game.
Danny has superior defense. Other than that, he is less impressive to me than Dunleavey. I also think Danny's offense at this point lives and dies with the outside shot. What can he do if that fails him? Not too much.
As I've said in other posts, I am open to watching Granger improve and add offensive weapons, just as he has added a good three-ball to his arsenal. I'd like to watch that closely along with another key factor: where will the leadership come from this year? If Ford is bringing it, or someone else like Jack, Foster, or even hints of Rush or Hibbert, then I think trading Granger is a no-brainer. But if Granger clearly emerges as our team leader this year, trading him becomes much more iffy.
But if all the concerns and trends I listed prove true by the trade deadline, I say now is the time to make a move that brings us back really high value . . . BEFORE we lock into something we end up regretting, once again, for many years to come.