When Danny Granger was surprisingly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday afternoon, there was little hope that he’d actually ever play for the team. The Sixers were almost immediately rumored to be looking to buying out Granger, but so far that hasn’t happened.
According to Shams Charania from RealGM, the Sixers are in the process of talking about a buyout with Granger — something he clearly wants.
Danny Granger has received complete cooperation from 76ers management in initial discussions on possible buyout, league source tells RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 22, 2014
There are some things working against a buyout though, as Granger would lose his Bird Rights if bought out and the Sixers would lose his sign-and-trade value. It all comes down to what the Sixers value more: Granger’s trade value or Granger’s salary space?
If it’s the latter, a buyout is likely but if they want to trade him in the offseason to kick off their rebuilding, then he may be retained. In all likelihood though, Granger is expected to be bought out and the Sixers are expected to all him the chance to win a title somewhere else.