After a week of speculation, it’s official: Danny Granger is going to sign with the Clippers.
Just heard from a source close to Danny Granger that he's going to the Los Angeles Clippers. Will be there tomorrow.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 28, 2014
Danny Granger has decided to join the Clippers, source says. Should be wrapped up in the morning
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 28, 2014
Once Granger clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET, making him a free agent, he will reportedly sign with the Clippers, and hopes to play in Saturday’s game vs. the Pelicans. The terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The 30-year-old New Mexico alum is currently in his ninth season, spending the previous eight-and-a-half years with the Indiana Pacers before being traded along with a second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger and the Sixers reached a buyout agreement on Wednesday, allowing him to clear waives after a 48-hour waiver period.
Granger — a former All-Star who once averaged 25.8 points per game — is averaging 8.3 points on 35.9 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season. That adds up to a well-below average 10.4 PER. Though he’s clearly a shell of his former self, Granger’s still a viable option given his length (6’8) and 3-point shooting (only 33 percent this season, but 38.2 percent for his career), and can serve as insurance if Matt Barnes and/or Jared Dudley are having an off-game, at the very least.
It’s unclear what his role will be at this point; he’s probably played worse than both Dudley and Barnes this season, and has clearly lost the athleticism that allowed him to create his own offense off the dribble. A handful of questions remain. Will he eventually become a starter? Or will he be stuck as the third small forward playing spot minutes? Does he knock Barnes or Dudley out of the rotation? More importantly, what does he have left?
Only time will tell, even if the Clippers don’t have much of it. With J.J. Redick out for an indefinite period, and Jamal Crawford now day-to-day with a strained left calf, the depleted wing crop is being tested. Playoff positioning is on the line, and the Clippers need legitimate reinforcements. Granger will certainly have a shot to prove his worth — as did Stephen Jackson (cut), Sasha Vujacic (cut), and Hedo Turkoglu (surprisingly effective) — it’s just a matter of how he performs.
The move brings the Clippers’ roster total to 14 players, leaving one spot open. While it’s unclear whether they want to add another player, Ivan Johnson and Metta World Peace are the most likely candidates.