Danny Granger's future with Sixers still uncertain

Danny Granger's future with Sixers still uncertain
February 22, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Danny Granger, who the Sixers acquired from Indiana on Thursday, reportedly wants to be bought out. (USA Today Image)

Danny Granger, who was acquired Thursday from the Indiana Pacers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, finally made his way to Philadelphia Saturday.

While the Sixers were practicing, Granger underwent his physical. The other newcomers from Thursday -- Byron Mullens, Henry Sims and Eric Maynor -- were practicing with the team.

Brett Brown has yet to meet Granger, who may or may not be a player he'll coach.

Rumors continue to swirl that Granger would prefer a buyout than to play for the Sixers, who are 15-41 with 26 games left. A league source says the Sixers are trying to make that buyout happen.

Brown feels for the 30-year-old, who has fought back from multiple injuries, and until Thursday was playing for a championship contender.

"We run a business, but we also treat people well," Brown said. "There is a fine line with all of this, but I think we will walk it just fine.

"I look forward to talking to him. It is a conversation. It is not direction or instruction. It will be two people sitting down figuring out the path and plan. I look forward to learning what it is in his mind."

The 30-year-old Granger will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and liking looking for his final, sizable contract. The challenge for him is deciding if playing for the Sixers -- with whom he'd likely put up big numbers -- would serve him better than accepting a buyout and signing with a contender, where he'd serve as in a bench role.

An answer will likely come within the next 24 hours. The Sixers practice Sunday at 11 a.m.