Danny Granger Traded From Pacers To 76ers, Pacers Get Evan TurnerBy: Tobias Roth - February 21, 2014
As the trade deadline for NBA approaches, several teams have made decisions to shake up their rosters, and add new players. In a trade that could end up hurting at least one team in the trade, Danny Granger was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Granger has struggled with injuries for the past couple of seasons, and as someone who has not been able to play much, the Pacers are likely to see the trade as a favorable one for them. The Pacers got away with a big one when trading away an aging forward in exchange for two other forwards.
The Pacers were able to acquire Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner in exchange for Danny Granger. Evan Tuner can easily be looked at as one of the best, if not the best, of the players for the 76ers.
In other trading news, there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the Lakers, and whether Pau Gasol would finally leave after his continued problems with their coach. However, Steve Blake is the one who has been traded so far.
Rajon Rondo has also been mentioned along with Luol Deng, who was just acquired by the Cavaliers earlier this season. Several other high profile candidates are in the market for a possible trade, meanwhile star players like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony will also become free agents in the upcoming season.
The ex-Pacers forward has only played in 29 games this season, and only five games in the 2012-2013 season, after continually battling with a knee injury. Despite his recent injury problems, when he is healthy, Danny Granger can be a franchise player.
At one point in his career, he had averaged over 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons, which included a career high of 25.8 points per game during the 2008-2009 season.
Meanwhile, Evan Turner is averaging 17.4 points, six rebounds, and 3.7 assists for the 76ers this season. Turner was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft by the 76ers, and has been one of their best players since, even though the team has been having one of the worst records in the conference, even after joined the franchise.
The Indiana Pacers are already the best team in the Eastern Conference, and after their recent trade involving Danny Granger, many people would argue that they just got even better. Meanwhile, the 76ers made a decision that turned them from bad to worse, as they simply try to not be in last place in the conference.
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