When the Los Angeles Clippers signed Danny Granger, most expected he’d be nothing more than bench depth.
Rivers said Granger would “ideally” be a starter for the Clippers because of his height and the flexibility to bring Matt Barnes off the bench as an energetic scorer. Rivers also likes Granger’s familiarity with most of Los Angeles’ defensive concepts, which are similar to the Pacers’ ideas.
“The whole key is how quickly we can get him acclimated, how quickly we can figure out what he does well,” Rivers said. “And he’s still coming back from the injury, so even though he’s back, he still needs more time and minutes.”
Granger has a home in Los Angeles which likely attributed as to part of the reason he decided to sign with the Clippers, but the potential starting gig is likely another reason as Granger wasn’t likely to find that elsewhere.
There was no timetable for Granger to be placed in the starting lineup, though, with only a month and a half of the regular season remaining it’s likely to happen in the somewhat near future.