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NBA PM: Pacers May Not Trade Granger
Posted By Alex Kennedy On June 18, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In NBA | Comments Disabled
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In recent days, Danny Granger’s name has once again surfaced in trade rumors.
It’s no surprise that Granger is in the rumor mill, especially considering the Indiana Pacers’ success last year when he was sidelined with a left knee injury for all but five games and the fact that Granger is about to enter the final year of his contract at $14,021,788.
However, sources close to the situation in Indiana have made it clear that the Pacers aren’t in any rush to trade Granger. If Indiana decides to move the eight-year veteran, it will likely be after the season starts and closer to the trade deadline rather than making any move over the offseason.
Before the Pacers decide on Granger’s future, they want to see how the former All-Star can play alongside the much-improved Paul George. If the two players can co-exist and play well together, they may not move Granger at all.
It’s very possible that Indiana keeps Granger for his final season and then lets his money come off of their books, since the Pacers will have to pay George as well as Lance Stephenson in the same summer that Granger’s contract expires.
Indiana emerged as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this year, and they believe the addition of a healthy Granger next season – either in the starting lineup or off the bench – will take them over the top and allow them to contend for the championship next season.
Also, the Pacers understand that they wouldn’t get much back for Granger if they move him over the offseason, since his trade value is at an all-time low. It makes more sense for Indiana to see if he can get back on the court and be productive again so that he could return something significant.
However, because Indiana has other players that need to get paid (and paying the luxury tax isn’t an option), don’t expect them to take back much long-term money if they do decide to trade Granger.
The Pacers could decide to trade Granger eventually, but the team understands the benefits that come with being patient and letting Granger start the season in Indiana.
LeBron James Must Step Up in Game 6
James has always performed well in elimination games, putting the team on his back and filling the stat sheet. Just last round, in Game 7 the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, James came up big with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists to advance Miami to the NBA Finals.
In 11 elimination games throughout his career, James has averaged 31.5 points, 10 rebounds and 6.4 assists. Last postseason, he recorded 45 points and 15 rebounds in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics to keep Miami’s season alive and ultimately get them to the Finals.
Even dating back to his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James has played well in these win-or-go-home games. In Game 5 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic, James had 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the win. Throughout his career, James’ numbers increase across the board in elimination games and he’s usually more aggressive.
“I have to come up big, for sure, in Game 6,” James said. “But I believe we all have to play at a high level in order to keep the series going. Me, being one of the leaders of this team, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to force a Game 7, and I look forward to the challenge.
“The most important game is Game 6. We can’t worry about a Game 7. We have to worry about Game 6 and going back home, being confident about our game, being confident about getting a win, which we are. So it is what it is. We have a Game 6 on our home floor.”
Don’t be surprised if James delivers another huge performance and forces a Game 7. He has been in this position before and that’s what he has done on several occasions.
NBA Draft News and Rumors
The 2013 NBA Draft is in nine days. Here are the latest draft-related rumors:
• Rumor has it that the San Antonio Spurs are interested in selecting French forward Livio Jean-Charles and then stashing him overseas for at least one year. This wouldn’t be a surprise, since the Spurs have some of the best international scouts in the league and drafting Jean-Charles would give them one more open roster spot next season and allow the 19-year-old to develop before joining the team.
• Ben McLemore has met with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. He’ll meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the coming days. He has received positive feedback from each of the teams and believes that he can be the best player in this draft class due to his “upside and potential.” The 20-year-old also added, “I definitely think I can be a franchise player for a team.” Check out USA TODAY Sports for my entire article on McLemore in the coming days.
• Ricky Ledo has worked out for the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, with several more workouts planned for next week. Ledo is one of the most intriguing players in this class, since he didn’t play during his freshman season at Providence, but has lottery-level potential.
• Trey Burke believes his range is No. 2 (Orlando Magic) to No. 8 (Detroit Pistons), with the best fits for him being the Magic, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. Burke has a lot of fans around the NBA because of his leadership and the success he has had at the high school and college levels. Check out USA TODAY Sports for Yannis Koutroupis’ entire article on Burke in the next few days.
• Some teams have Michael Carter-Williams ranked ahead of Trey Burke as the best point guard in the draft since he has more potential and his body (6’6 with a 6’7 wingspan) could make his transition to the league easier. Those teams have pointed out that you can help Carter-Williams improve his jump shot, but that you can’t help Burke improve his size or athleticism.
• Mouhammadou Jaiteh withdrew from the draft prior to Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline for international players. The reason Jaiteh didn’t stay in this class is because he didn’t receive a first-round commitment from a team. Jaiteh believes he’s better off waiting until the 2014 NBA Draft when there aren’t nearly as many big men projected to go in the first round. Jaiteh is a physical specimen – there aren’t many 18-year-olds who are 6’11 and 250 pounds – so if he can further his development in France next season, he could end up being a much higher pick in 2014. However, it was a tough choice for Jaiteh. He didn’t make his final decision until just 10 minutes prior to the deadline.
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