Danny Granger

Danny Granger will be final cut from Pistons roster today

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Stan Van Gundy wanted to give Danny Granger a chance, to see if he could get healthy and be even a shadow of the former All-Star and Most Improved Player from his time with the Pacers, a guy who could help a rebuilding Pistons’ team.

But Granger has spent most of camp at his home in Arizona trying to recover from the multiple knee surgeries that have sidetracked his career. While it’s not yet official, Stan Van Gundy made it clear on Sunday that Granger would be the team’s final cut, as reported by Aaron McMann at Mlive.com.

The deadline to trim rosters down to 15 for the start of the NBA regular season is Monday and the Pistons, after the decision to waive guard Ryan Boatright and assign him to their D-League affiliate in Grand Rapids, currently stand at 16. Danny Granger is likely to be the last one cut, a decision that could come soon after Van Gundy said Sunday he remains at home in Arizona rehabbing his knee. About the possibility of trading him? “It’s doubtful,” he said. “We’re probably sort of at the end of the road with him. We took it as far as we could, hoping to get a look at him, but he hasn’t been ready to come back. So we’ll go with the 15 guys that are here.”

This is not a surprise in the least. Granger was traded from Phoenix to Detroit this summer as part of the Marcus Morris deal that was a salary dump by the Suns to make their run at LaMarcus Aldridge. Granger has a fully guaranteed $2.2 million contract he opted into, and the Pistons will pay.

It’s sad to see this happen, but at age 32 this is likely the last shot for Granger. Maybe if he takes a full season off, gets his knee right, and tries to make a comeback a team will take a look. Maybe he beats the odds. But this is a guy who has played in just 76 games over the last three seasons and not had a PER above 10.9 in any of them (and that’s the kind of number you expect in 12-minute a night guy at the end of the bench at best).  He’s going to have to show he deserves a roster spot more than a young, developing player, and that’s not likely anymore.

Pistons waive Cartier Martin, who had fully guaranteed salary

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The Pistons had more guaranteed salaries (17) than regular-season roster spots (15).

That made them prime candidates for a preseason trade.

But that appears a lot less likely now.

Cartier Martin had a fully guaranteed salary after the Pistons curiously gave him a player option when signing him last year. He’s a spot-up outside shooter who works hard enough defensively to play when his shot is falling, which it wasn’t last season. He has hung around the periphery of the NBA for years, but apparently there were no takers in a trade.

Adonis Thomas had a $60,000 guarantee, which was probably designed mostly to entice him to spend another season with Detroit’s D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. The Pistons like him, but they just didn’t have enough room for him.

Jordan Bachynski, whose salary was unguaranteed, could also be headed for the Drive, though that would require a D-League trade.

This still leaves the Pistons with 16 players, all of whom have guaranteed salaries. Danny Granger is the most obvious cut. He hasn’t been healthy enough to play this preseason, and he already looked washed up. The Pistons might just be waiting to see whether his $2,170,465 salary can facilitate a larger trade.

Barring Detroit surprisingly keeping Granger, this means Reggie Bullock would make the team. Bullock, Martin and Thomas appeared to be primary contenders for the final roster slot.