Talks between Sixers, Danny Granger ongoing

Talks between Sixers, Danny Granger ongoing

Brett Brown not shy about discussing 'rebuild'

February 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Danny Granger is averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game this season. (USA Today Images)

The Danny Granger story had no new developments, at least none that were publicly shared at the Sixers' practice Tuesday.

According to the Sixers' public relations department, talks are ongoing between Granger’s camp and the Sixers' front office.

It is presumed that Granger wants a buyout from the Sixers because he has passed his physical but has yet to join his new team.

Sticking points could be the price of the buyout and the Sixers' ability to work a sign-and-trade.

A buyout also prevents Granger from keeping his Bird rights, which allows a team to keep its own player while going over the salary cap. Those rights would be attractive to the Sixers in a potential sign-and-trade scenario this summer, and could also result in more money for Granger.

If Granger has plans to pursue a contract with another team for the remainder of the season, he needs to watch the clock. The NBA’s playoff eligibility waiver deadline is March 1st. The thinking is Granger would like to join a team that will be playing beyond April 16. 

Some might find Granger’s decision not to join the Sixers, a team that has him under contract, offensive. Brett Brown is not one of those people.

“He is a good guy, a good person, and a hell of a player,” Brown said of Granger. “He has different ideas on what is best for him and his family at this stage of his career. I don’t begrudge him for any of that. I think it is our job to run a business and treat people well, and we will do that. I think the timeline with Danny is still open ended.”

The Sixers entertain the Orlando Magic Wednesday night.