Frank Vogel is open to allowing Danny Granger to return to the starting five next season, but the former All-Star will have to fight his way back.
Granger played in just five games this season due to knee injuries but recently said that he expects to be back in the starting lineup next season. Some people have been surprised by this, as Paul George has developed into an All-Star in Granger’s absence.
Many have suggested that Granger coming off the bench would probably bring an interesting dynamic to the team, but Vogel is aware of his player’s intentions and is not opposed to moving George down to the shooting guard spot, benching Lance Stephenson and allowing Granger to start at the 3.
“We gotta see how he returns. My anticipation is that he’s going to have a full recovery. I told him if he returns to full health and the ability that he’s exhibited throughout his career, then he’ll be the starter.”
Vogel added that he challenged Lance Stephenson, who in Granger’s stead had a breakout year, to “not let that happen.”
However, trading Granger could prove to be a viable option as well, as he is entering the last year of his $14 million contract.