Oct 5, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) is defended by Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) at Bankers life Fieldhouse. Bulls beat Pacers 82-76. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers expect Danny Granger back at practice this week

After missing nearly all of last season (he played in just five games), Indiana Pacers’ forward Danny Granger has yet to play in a regular season game this year.

The Pacers believe Granger could return to practice as early as Wednesday.

“I think it’s really a new beginning to the process of getting him game minutes and his game-timing back in his legs,” Pacers’ head coach Frank Vogel told the Associated Press when asked to update Granger’s status. “I’m not sure when his return date will be.”

Over his career, the eight-year veteran out of New Mexico has averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Lance Stephenson has started for the Pacers and has averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He’s shooting 48.2% from the floor, 50.0% from beyond the arc and 42.9% from the free throw line.

“I’ll probably have a time frame for him (Granger) for a number of games where he’ll get some of the minutes that Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill are getting,” Vogel said. “Then we’ll go from there.”

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