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It’s official: Danny Granger is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers


Doc Rivers realized earlier this season that this Clippers roster was not going to be enough to contend in the West. Now during buyout season he’s gone and added some talent.

Glen Davis as the third big will be the most important addition — he’s solid and that makes him a massive upgrade over Ryan Hollins.

As expected, the Clippers now also have officially signed Danny Granger, the team announced. Granger had been traded from Indiana to Philly for Evan Turner, then Granger arranged a buyout with the Sixers. The former All-Star who has missed significant time the past couple years with knee injuries spoke with the Clippers official site:

“It’s still kind of surreal honestly,” Granger said Friday afternoon. “I’ve been in Indiana my whole career. I’ve always seen ‘Granger 33’ with Pacers on top of it. So, it’s going to be a change, but I’ll be happy.”

“I think I bring another dynamic,” Granger said. “I’m a bigger small forward. I can play the 4 as well. And I can shoot the ball and when you add that to the type of offense that we have: up-tempo, shoot a lot of threes, go out and space the court. That’s the kind of offense that I think I would thrive in.”

Granger certainly provides some depth at a position the Clippers have been lacking. Jared Dudley has been a disappointment at the three and now Matt Barnes has slid ahead of him in the rotation, plus J.J. Redick remains out indefinitely with a back injury.

I’m just not sold Granger is really much of an answer. He is certainly no savior.

Granger has looked rusty and older, averaging 8.3 points a game for the Pacers this season with a true shooting percentage of just 49.1 and a PER of 10.4.

More than that, Dudley has shot better than Granger everywhere on the court this season (stats via NBA.com.). The pair are identical on corner threes but Granger was better everywhere else — above the break threes (+2.8), in midrange (+18.1%) and at rim (+15.1%). Granger at this point isn’t really a better defender than Dudley either.

It’s still an upgrade for the Clippers, Granger provides more depth. But if Clipper fans think plugging Granger in at the three makes them a contender they are in for a shock.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.