Apr 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) shoots the ball against Orlando Magic forward Earl Clark (3) during game one in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Orlando defeated Indiana 81-77. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger hopes to return Dec. 20


The rich get richer, and so do the Indiana Pacers. At least that’s the plan for the next few days.

According to Pacers.com, Indiana is targeting a return for Danny Granger on Friday (Dec. 20) against the Houston Rockets. Ironically, it also happens to be a nationally televised game. It’s funny how that works out.

[Pacers.com]

“I was waiting for the Danny Granger [question],” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said more than four minutes into a post-practice interview. “I finally have news on Danny Granger.

“We’re going to target next Friday for a hopeful return to see how this week of practice goes.”

Until now, the Pacers stayed away from publicly announcing a timeline after the initial diagnosis. Now, both Vogel and Granger appear giddy about the possibility of him playing Friday when the Houston Rockets are in town.

Technically, Granger has been ready to play for a while now and has been going through practice pretty regularly. The reason for the delay was to make sure that he would be entirely ready for a return – the depth of the Pacers’ roster gives them that luxury.

Still, not many know where Granger will fit with the team – not even the Pacers. I assume they’ll give him a shot at a sixth man role, to get his feet wet if nothing else. There’s also speculation that the Pacers could trade him as a rental for the rest of this season – Granger is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. It’s been reported that the Pacers could trade him at some point this season for “assets” – draft picks, I would assume. They really don’t have a specific need on the team right now, but I guess picks are picks, no matter how overrated they are in the NBA.

First things first, Granger has to prove that he can stay healthy for a significant amount of time so if he is traded, it won’t be anytime soon.

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