It’s been a busy few days in the Indiana Pacers front office. In addition to re-signing David West this morning and pulling back their qualifying offer on Tyler Hansbrough, making him an unrestricted free agent, the Pacers have also been hitting the phone lines hard in attempts to trade Danny Granger.
Per CBS’ Ken Berger:
The Pacers’ agreement with forward David West on a three-year, $36 million deal on Tuesday coincided with ongoing exploration of possible trades for Danny Granger and Gerald Green, league sources said. Teams have been anticipating that the Pacers would be inclined to move one or both of them, especially if they re-signed West. The Pacers, who also have reached an agreement with backup point guard C.J. Watson, have to clear future room under the tax threshold as they plan for giving long-term deals to Paul George and Lance Stephenson.
Despite the Pacers’ desire to find a destination for the often-injured Granger and Green, they’re finding “no market” for either player at the moment, one rival executive said.
Despite not finding much luck right now, the Pacers shouldn’t find too much difficulty moving Granger once the offseason market slows down. Few teams want to eat their available cap space in the midst of free agency, which is exactly what acquiring Granger would do. He’ll enter the upcoming season as an expiring contract so the Pacers will have their suitors down the road, despite wanting to move him right now.