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According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports the Houston Rockets are interested in Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger.
“Houston is one team reported to have a keen eye on Indiana forward Danny Granger. The Pacers aren’t totally against keeping the 29-year-old forward, who has missed all of the season with a knee injury. But following the emergence of All-Star Paul George, they are taking and making exploratory calls.”
I’m not exactly sure why the Rockets would be interested in a player like Granger. If healthy he is an upgrade over Carlos Delfino and for now Chandler Parsons, but his contract is huge. He makes more than $13 million this year and next year he will go over more than $14 million. The Rockets have room for a contract this size, but Granger is not exactly the guy I imagined being James Harden’s Robin to his Batman.
Granger is one of the better offensive small forwards in basketball. His career averages over 7 seasons are 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 33 minutes a game. He shoots 43% from the field, 38% from three and 85% from the line.
At 29 years old most athletes are still in the prime of their career. But with Granger’s knee injuries you have to wonder if he will ever be the same.
With the emergence of future star Paul George the Pacers and Granger are in a strange situation that may need to break up. I’m all for this move as long as this isn’t the only move the Rockets make. Houston needs something bigger than another injury-plagued former All-Star.