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Larry Bird not looking to trade Danny Granger

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09:08 AM ET 12.22 | Danny Granger probably won't be an Indiana Pacer beyond this year, not with him being in the final year of a contract that pays $14 million a season. And he understands that. The Pacers aren't going to pay the luxury tax, unless team owner Herb Simon has an epiphany, and there's the not-so-small matter of re-signing free agent-to-be Lance Stephenson next summer. But Granger, who returned to the lineup Friday against the Houston Rockets, wants desperately to remain a Pacer beyond the trade deadline, to help take this team as far as it can go this spring. "I've talked to Danny, talked to his agent; I'm not looking to trade him," team President Larry Bird said Saturday. "But you never know. If the right thing came along that would help the franchise, I would have to look at it, but I'm not out there looking at deals."

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December 22, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Too Much For Too Little, Bro.

December 22, 2013  09:30 AM ET

lol...

I'm not looking to trade him," ........."But you never know........
If the right thing came along that would help the franchise, I would have to look at it,

December 22, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Contrary to the title, they would LOVE to get something useful in return. Problem is Danny hasn't played in YEARS, and even though it's an expiring contract, no one wants to to touch him with a 6-ft pole.

December 22, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Boston should go after Danny we got players who can contribute right away for a team like Indiana. But I don't know if they're willing to take the contracts

December 22, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Bird Translation "I am listening to offers but I am not shopping him unless that player makes us an even better championship contender."

Granger is a role player needed for the playoffs second unit for the ECF and perhaps finals.

December 22, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bird Translation "I am listening to offers but I am not shopping him unless that player makes us an even better championship contender."Granger is a role player needed for the playoffs second unit for the ECF and perhaps finals.

if he holds up.
unfortunately, like amare, oden, bynum, etc-
you just have no idea when they will break....and they will break down
so no one is going to give them anything of significance in return,
and Indy doesn't really need a draft pick....

so just keep him, see how it plays out

December 22, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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lol... I'm not looking to trade him," ........."But you never know........If the right thing came along that would help the franchise, I would have to look at it,

I'm not going to trade you but I'll take any good offer when it comes...lol


Must be the nicest contradictory statement ever.

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December 22, 2013  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

if he holds up.unfortunately, like amare, oden, bynum, etc- you just have no idea when they will break....and they will break downso no one is going to give them anything of significance in return,and Indy doesn't really need a draft pick....so just keep him, see how it plays out

Granger is/should be on the "don't open till playoffs". I agree though it will be hard to trade him too injury prone to gamble on. Pacers are a complete team with or without Granger. If Granger is your 6-7th man off the bench then things can't be that bad.

December 22, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Granger is/should be on the "don't open till playoffs". I agree though it will be hard to trade him too injury prone to gamble on. Pacers are a complete team with or without Granger. If Granger is your 6-7th man off the bench then things can't be that bad.

for sure-
their only 'weakness' is that they don't really have many legit
3 pt shooters to compliment the front line
Hill is their best shooter

December 22, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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for sure-their only 'weakness' is that they don't really have many legit3 pt shooters to compliment the front lineHill is their best shooter

PG and Lance are pretty good shooters and are more dangerous than some pure shooters because they can take it to the basket.

December 22, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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PG and Lance are pretty good shooters and are more dangerous than some pure shooters because they can take it to the basket.

they are ok shooters-
but they don't really have someone that comes in and is lights out
so if they get down, its alot harder for them to come back

* again- just nit-picking a minor flaw.....
they may be the most complete team in the league

December 22, 2013  12:41 PM ET
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they are ok shooters-but they don't really have someone that comes in and is lights outso if they get down, its alot harder for them to come back* again- just nit-picking a minor flaw.....they may be the most complete team in the league

I think that's the superstars job when they're down. A shooter can't really do that. It 's the the playmaker that takes them back. Korver and Novak can't do that and they're pure shooters.

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December 22, 2013  03:12 PM ET
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Larry is a straight shooter and a man of his word.But.....Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiies!!!or semantics.....He might not be making calls. But, he's not turning off his ringer either.

thats for sure

I mean, IF Granger can come back healthy, he can REALLY REALLY make a big difference on that bench- but at this point, the poor guy has not been healthy for 2 years...

IF he was healthy i would really welcome the Cavs getting involved on him and then even trying to sign him to a extension that was something like 1 year 8 million with a 1 year team option at 12 million if he gets his game back...

but he is so far removed from being the player he used to be

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December 22, 2013  09:21 PM ET
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I get wanting a Veteran player.But, his knees are not going to get better.Gordon Hayward is probably unattainable. But, he'd be great for the Cavs.Next, I'd go with Evan Turner, Kidd-Gilchrist and finally, Thad Young.

i really like MKG.....a LOT...i think he would be the perfect guy to grow with that core- and could guard 2's and 3's......

Thad Young is interesting- i really like the talent- but at what cost- and where would he play? with TT and Bennett....that might be a problem...i mean, Varejao too....

turner- he will be a guy i am sure they look at in the offseason- because i think that Philly might not even match a reasonable offer...

you will probably have to pay hayward the max, or darn close to it, for the Jazz not too match and i just dont see tht happenning , though i do like his talent

MKG would just awesome though....his defense, ability to run the floor, and his great attitude would be aweome

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