For the past few years now the Indiana Pacers have gotten phone calls asking about the availability of swingman Danny Granger for a trade. To which the callers were politely told they should put their time into more productive pursuits, like a game of Angry Birds, he was not available.
Except, now he might be according to Marc Stein at ESPN.
That doesn’t mean they are going to move him, it means that now they will at least listen to offers rather than dismiss them outright. You’re going to have to blow the Pacers doors off, but they’ll listen now.
Coming off a summer with USA Basketball and winning a gold medal in Turkey, Granger’s game has taken steps back this season. He is attacking less — getting one shot fewer at the rim per game and is getting to the foul line less often as well compared to last season. He’s also not shooting quite as well from about everywhere and is turning the ball over a little more often.
The bloom is off the rose with Granger in Indiana, but this is still a quality player that a lot of teams think will be helped by a change of scenery. Of course, those teams would have to be willing to take on the three years, $39 million he is owed after this season.
Maybe nobody will, but now there are conversations about Granger, which is a change of pace.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.