May 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) warms up before Game 4 of the Eastern conference semifinals against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Indiana Pacers Trying to Trade Danny Granger Without Success

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.

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  • Adam Best

    I think the Pacers should keep him and trade him at the All-Star break. Could be a gamble, but I expect him to still be 75% of what he was, which was a top 25 NBA player.

  • Furley

    Can anybody tell me why the pacers would give David West more $ a year then he was already making?

    • Trevor Smith

      Because his numbers were better this year.

      • Furley

        That may be true but do you honestly see his numbers going up over the next 3yrs? I don’t. I would’ve have him the same if not less

        • PACERPRIDE

          not how business works

    • indyrl

      Because he would be an unrestricted free agent otherwise, and he could have gotten that much elsewhere if he changed his mind about staying in Indiana.

      Glad to have him back, not that it was in doubt, he’s happy to be here and we’re happy to have him.