Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Philadelphia 76ers buyout Danny Granger?

Danny Granger pretty much went from playing on the best team in the NBA (Indiana Pacers) to the worst team in the NBA (Philadelphia 76ers).

And without much to play for on a “tanking” Sixers team, it begs the question as to whether or not Philly will agree to buyout Granger’s contract. And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Sixers beat writer Christopher Vito, the conversation will at least take place.

[Vito]

Sam Hinkie: “We’ll meet with (Granger). … It’s going to be interesting. We’re going to sit and talk.”

Sam Hinkie on whether Danny Granger gets bought out: “There’s a chance for us to have a discussion.”

[Stein]

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

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

Stein also tweeted that Granger clearly doesn’t want to be in Philly and is expected to push for his release, but nothing is certain. But if Philly buys out Granger, it prevents them from a possible sign and trade deal in the summer — something that would allow the Sixers to stockpile even more future draft picks, if not assets.

But if he’s granted his released, and indeed bought out, expect him to pursue contenders such as the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder as his top suitors.

It’s still a big “if”, and by no means is this a forgone conclusion.

 

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