NBA Buyout Rumors: Danny Granger may reject buyout, stay with 76ers

May 8, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) points to the crowd after game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 105-87. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

May 8, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) points to the crowd after game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 105-87. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

In an interesting twist concerning the Danny Granger drama, it’s now appearing as though the former Indiana Pacers sixth man is open to staying with the Philadelphia 76ers for the remainder of this season and then deal with moving to another team in the offseason.

All of this comes after a week full of buyout rumors that made it seem like Granger was almost being held back from being bought out, but attitudes have clearly hanged dramatically in the last week. According to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, Granger is still in buyout talks with the 76ers but is also considering other options — like rejecting a buyout and staying.

But sources also said Granger continues to weigh other options, including staying with the 76ers for the rest of the season, as the deadline draws near.

Granger likely wouldn’t have to twist the 76ers arm very hard to end buyout talks, as the team wants to hang onto him for sign-and-trade purposes in the offseason. By staying, Granger also retains his Bird Rights, which would be something he’d forfeit if bought out and likely wants to hang onto entering the offseason.

Topics: Danny Granger, Philadelphia 76ers

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