Pacers Trying to Keep Danny Granger?
The season-long question, then, will not only be how [Danny Granger and Paul George play] together, but whether [Larry] Bird tries to move Granger before the trading deadline. Here was my takeaway from a half-hour conversation: If Granger is playing well and the Pacers are winning, Bird will hold onto Granger and try to win a title this year. If he’s struggling and the Granger-George duo isn’t quite working, he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal by the trade deadline.
“I’ve talked to Danny about it; we definitely want to keep him,” Bird said. “But we’ve got to find a way to do that and it’s not going to be easy. I saw this coming four years ago. When we started getting better, I thought, eventually, somebody’s got to go. We signed Roy (Hibbert), David (West), Paul (George) and George (Hill), and we’re never going to go over the luxury tax, so you add it up, eventually, somebody’s got to go. Right now, we’re strapped a little bit. But I would like to see it through the year. If it’s working good, I’m going with it (keeping Granger).”