Despite having the best record in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers know they have a massive trade chip in Danny Granger.
The veteran small forward has a $14 million dollar expiring contract Indiana is itching to use, but they’ve been unable to find a willing trade partner – this according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com.
That’s not to say Granger (or is contract) isn’t of interest to teams around the league, but the problem is the Pacers simply can’t afford to accept any additional salary moving forward.
With the team near the luxury tax limit (something they refuse to pay) and Lance Stephenson due a new contract next season, the Pacers are attempting to trade away a $14 million dollar salary and acquire little money in return. That’s a pretty difficult task, something they’re apparently finding out.
Indiana have been active on this front, per several league sources, but have found little traction so far. Trading Granger will be especially tough for the Pacers, since they cannot take on even a single dollar of money for next season without jeopardizing their ability to re-sign the terrifying (in a good way!) Lance Stephenson.