Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Indiana Pacers struggling to trade Danny Granger

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.

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  • thecapulet

    Frankly, I’ll be pissed if they trade him. Granger has been awesome with this team, and has shown nothing but the utmost loyalty. Bird needs to show him the same. We offered him 14 million, we need to stand by it.

    • Kyle Good

      Loyalty and professional sports dont go hand in hand…sorry.

      • thecapulet

        Sure, if your team is in a big market. Indiana still has some class and self respect.

        • Kyle Good

          Thats a joke right? Peyton Manning mean anything? Dont get me wrong I like Andrew Luck but in todays sports you have to look out for the best interest of the franchise and not the players.

          • brentsn

            Don’t be stupid. Peyton was a perfect storm decision. There was no other decision to be made because of opportunity and the circumstances , period. The Colts paid him big money for his last year that he didn’t play. It was a decision that was best for everybody involved. Peyton would not have taken the Colts to a #1 seed the last 2 years….most likely. We have Luck and Peyton is with a Super Bowl ready team to finish out his career.

          • Kyle Good

            Did you even read the original post i was talking about? I agree with you 100%. I was making a point that it doesnt matter how big or small a market you have to treat the sport as a business meaning if they can get rid of danny granger they should.

  • Cody Sunderhaus

    Phx would be a perfect fit with okafors expiring deal which is mostly covered by insurance. It would save them actual money this year without harming next years cap space. Getting a pick back or making them take on another of the longer deals for a young asset on a rookie deal might just be enough to get the trade done. Maybe unloading mahinis

  • The_guru_of_bball

    Keep granger. Another big body to guard LeBron James. getting rid of him would mean we’d be weak at the small forward position.