Days after being bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, Danny Granger has will finish the season as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. Granger, 30, used to be one of the best players in the NBA before injuries sidetracked his career. Granger has battled various injury issues that have limited his effectiveness and playing time over the last two seasons.
Granger averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes over 29 appearances for the Indiana Pacers, where he was before he got traded at the deadline to Philly. However, Granger is just now getting the playing time requisite for him to find his unique skill set. In 2011 Granger was the best player on the Pacers and averaged 20.2 points per contest.
It makes sense that Granger would sign with the Clippers. Granger wants the opportunity to play for a team that has a chance of making a deep playoff run. He had that opportunity in Indiana before being shipped out at the deadline. Now, with the Clippers, he will again have that opportunity. This move makes sense for the Clippers as well. Granger is essentially and flyer. The Clips are buying very low on Granger and could potentially get way more value than what they are paying for him.
The question really is if Granger is going to be healthy enough to crack the Clippers rotation. With the absence of J.J. Redick and the struggles of Jared Dudley, Danny Granger may be a bigger factor than most think for the Clippers going forward.