What will Danny Granger’s role be? It was a simple question asked during Sam Hinkie’s post-trade deadline press conference on Friday. The answer was interesting.
“We’re going to speak with him,” Hinkie said. “He’s coming in, like all the players are, they’ll come in, [take] physicals, we’ll meet with them, we’ll talk with them. Danny I hold in really high esteem. It’s going to be interesting. I think we’re going to just sit and talk like men and say ‘What is it that you want out of the rest of this year?’
"You want to talk about shell-shock, he’s been in one place his whole career, and he’s had a heck of a career already, and I think has a good bit to go. So we’re going to sit and talk to him about what it is he wants and the kind of role he sees on our team and vice versa. Where that goes, I don’t exactly know.”
The Sixers acquired Granger and a second-round pick in 2015 from the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in exchange for Evan Tuner and Lavoy Allen.
Granger, who will turn 31 in April, is in the final year of a $14 million contract and will become a free agent this offseason. The former All-Star played just five games for the Pacers last year after suffering a left knee injury. He started just two of 29 games for Indiana this season, averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.5 minutes.
Given how Hinkie put the situation -- that he and Granger would sit down and “talk like men” -- someone asked whether it was possible that the Sixers might "buy out" Granger. Here, again, Hinkie had a vague but interesting answer.
"I think there’s a chance for us to have a discussion,” Hinkie replied. “How that goes, I don’t exactly know. He hasn’t come, but we’re organizing a flight for him to be here soon."
In a series of tweets, ESPN's Marc Stein explained that Granger's situation is uncertain:
It is NOT an automatic DGranger will get a buyout from Sixers. Keeping him for sign-and-trade options this summer holds appeal for Philly— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2014
But Granger clearly does not want to be in Philly and is expected to push for his release to try to work his way to Miami, OKC, SA, etc.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2014
Granger's camp said to want buyout ... but he'd lose his Bird rights going that route. So lots to talk about in those "discussions" w/Hinkie— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2014