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Danny Granger expected to sign with Clippers

danny-grangerFormer Indiana Pacers star Danny Granger was unhappy when he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last week, and who can blame him? The 31-year-old went from one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference to a non-contender. It quickly became clear that Granger had no interest in playing for the Sixers, and they agreed to buy out his contract.

After he clears waivers, Granger is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. A source reportedly told ESPN.com that he is hoping to play for LA against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

The Clippers traded Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison in order to make room to bolster their roster with veterans, and they have done just that. Glen Davis signed with LA last week and Granger would also like to play for Doc Rivers. Assuming the move goes through, Granger will be right back to a contending team.

Granger appeared in just 29 games this season for the Pacers as he recovered from knee and calf injuries. He missed all but five games last year and has hardly been the player who averaged more than 20 points per game from 2008 through 2012, but Granger can certainly bring depth to the Clippers if healthy.

Danny Granger does not want to play for 76ers

danny-grangerAs you might expect, Danny Granger was not pleased when he learned he had been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last week. The Indiana Pacers are the best team in the Eastern Conference, and the Sixers are destined for disappointment. So what can Granger do? Maybe he just won’t show up.

When the 76ers took the court to practice on Sunday, Granger was nowhere to be found. Head coach Brett Brown indicated that he will speak with Granger in the near future now that his physicals are out of the way.

“(Sixers GM Sam Hinkie) has met with him,” Brown told CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam. “He has done his physical. He will come back and I will sit down with him for the first time now that the physicals have been had and talk with him.”

Notice how Brown stopped short of saying he expects Granger to be with the team shortly? As Lynam pointed out, there is a strong possibility that Granger is seeking a buyout and the Sixers could grant him his wish.

Granger is owed about $5 million of his $14 million salary for the 2013-2014 season. He will be a free agent when the season ends, at which point he will be a 31-year-old player with knee problems. Granger wants a chance to contend for a title now and it would seem that Philadelphia has little use for him. Would he even be giving a full effort if they kept him? Probably not.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

LeBron James on Danny Granger’s confrontational behavior: ‘It’s stupid’

Forward Danny Granger has been the face of the Pacers during their playoff series against the Heat. He’s been behaving like he’s trying to prove he’s not scared of the Heat, and that’s resulted in several confrontations over the past week.

Though Granger’s behavior may have endeared him to his teammates, it’s not sitting well with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — both of whom he’s confronted during the series.

“Whatever he’s trying, it is not working,” James said on Tuesday. “He’s said he’s not scared of LeBron, ‘I want to let (James) know.’ I guess he’s doing it for his own psyche. It’s stupid.”

Wade believes Granger is doing things for show.

“My message to Granger was that you just can’t keep running up into people’s faces for altercations. We’re not fighting on this basketball court so let’s not act like we’re going to fight. We can be physical and do all that but certain things got to stop. Are you out here to play basketball or are you out here to be a tough guy?”

From an outsider’s perspective, like Wade, I’ve felt that Granger looks pretty silly acting like a tough guy on the court, but I do understand where it’s coming from. Granger’s clearly trying to psyche up himself and his team, and it seems to be working. But you have to worry about the moves backfiring; you don’t want to give All-NBA players like Wade and James more reason to come after you.

Pacers players reportedly get in scuffle outside Orlando nightclub (Video)

When professional athletes hang around nightclubs into the wee hours of the morning, bad things are bound to happen. Why they would still choose to do so during a crucial time like the playoffs amazes me, but they do. According to TMZ.com, police had to break up a confrontation outside an Orlando nightclub at around 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning between Danny Granger and Kyrylo Fesenko and a group of Magic fans.

According to the report, the dust-up started when one of the club-goers accused the 7-foot-1 Fesenko of bumping into him and “unleashed a flurry of verbal attacks” on the Indiana center. As you can kind of make out in the video below, Fesenko was attempting to walk away as the mob grew. At that point Granger began running after the mob but was restrained. Here is a video of the incident, which contains some NSFW language.

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Danny Granger Hosting Dinner for Pacers Workers Affected by Lockout

While the NBA players were locked out by the owners, Pacers top scorer Danny Granger tweeted his plans to treat team employees to a dinner. Granger called it a little NBA lockout gift, and he said it was the least he could do. Well Granger is sticking to his word, and he and the team will host a dinner on Sunday evening for part-time employees who did not get paid during the lockout. The dinner will include games, raffle prizes, and special guests.

“I wanted to do something for these unsung workers and for the sacrifices they were making with lost income. Now, it’s the best of everything, the team stepped in to help, we’re playing, they are back making this the best place to come to in the NBA, and we can get together for some food and fun.”

It’s an awesome gesture by Granger and it’s cool that he’s sticking to his word. You may say that at $12 million per season he can afford to do it, but how many other players would think of something like this, and execute it?

H/T I am a GM

Danny Granger Calls Himself “Sterns B***h” After NBA Nixes Chris Paul Trade

The Hornets and Lakers agreed to a trade on Thursday that would send Chris Paul to L.A.  Unfortunately for Jack Nicholson, it has been determined that the trade is unfair to the rest of the league.  Since New Orleans is a team that is owned by the league, the 29 owners of the team had the ability to veto the trade and did just that.  Naturally, Paul is unhappy as evidence by his tweet that read “Wow” after it was announced that the deal is off.  It appears Pacers forward Danny Granger took it personally as well.

“Due to the sabotaging of the LA/NO trade by David Stern,” Granger wrote on Twitter, “and following in the foosteps of my athlete brethern Metta World Peace and Chad Ochocinco, I’m changing my last name to ‘Stern’s Bi#&h’, effective immediately.”

Danny Sterns Bitch?  It definitely has a better ring than Metta World Peace, but I’m going to have to give Chad Ochocinco the nod over Granger.  Granger just loves to throw the b-word around.  If you remember, he said his own team played like a bunch of b****es after a loss to the Pistons last season.

At the moment, the vetoing of the trade does seem completely ridiculous.  This isn’t fantasy basketball.  The Hornets agreed to the deal because they obviously thought it was the best package they could get in return for CP3 — who clearly wanted out.  Yes, the thought of him in a Lakers uniform is a frightening one.  But it’s not like L.A. gave up nothing.  They were shipping Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to New Orleans, which would have left their front court quite depleted.  It will be interesting to see what the next move is from the league and the teams involved.

Chest bump to CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball blog for the story.

Danny Granger: We Played Like a Bunch of B****es, Got Our A** Kicked

Pacers forward Danny Granger is a sharpshooter on the court, and a straight shooter off of it. Asked to explain his team’s 115-109 overtime loss to the Pistons Wednesday night, Granger didn’t hold back.

Granger stated after the loss “Frankly, we played like a bunch of b******. That’s what happens — you get your a** kicked.” Asked what went wrong, Granger said “I don’t know, sometimes teams have a tendency to be on a vacation already when you still have a game to play and we fell into the trap — got our a** kicked.”

The Pacers had won 7 of 8 under new coach Frank Vogel until losing back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday night. The team is now 7-3 under Vogel and 24-30 overall, good enough for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

I’m not sure how much I agree with Granger’s assessment of the team’s performance considering they came back from a big deficit to tie things up. For a team that packed it up by trailing the entire game, they sure did a nice job closing out the 4th quarter. Still, you can’t argue with the passion of a team leader like that.

Here’s the audio of Granger post-game in case you want to hear it (language somewhat NSFW):