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Pacers dangling Granger to get to No. 2?

Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The word is that the Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 overall pick around. I already sort of covered this, but right now, David Kahn doesn't seem to have a lot of need for another young project player but is instead looking to acquire some veteran talent. So with that knowledge out there, teams are calling and talking.

One that's surfaced? The Pacers.

According to a tweet from Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Pacers are "making a seriously play" for the No. 2 pick. By "serious," the word is that Danny Granger is part of a proposed deal along with Ricky Rubio and Michael Beasley.

In other words, wow, that would be a pretty major deal.

It's all talk at this point, but maybe there's a bit of fire to go with this smoke. Granger has been rumored to be on and off the trade block in Indiana a couple times in the past year and with Derrick Williams from Arizona being the likely prize at No. 2, Larry Bird is willing to trade his franchise player for a shot at a new one.

Or maybe Enes Kanter who has the look of a solid starting power forward, something the Pacers have been hunting for a while especially since unloading Troy Murphy. Yes, seriously.

I can't say that I quite understand why Rubio and Beasley were also included in the deal, but hey, it's David Kahn and I'm not going to start posing questions that have no answers.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:21 pm

Pacers dangling Granger to get to No. 2?

Ridnour and flynn both suck and Rubio is a top 5 point guard in this league next year. Beasley is better than Granger

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:46 pm

Pacers dangling Granger to get to No. 2?

If I am Minnesota I would not trade Rubio straight up for Granger or B-easy straight up for Granger. Rubio and Beastly both have much higher upsides than Granger. Beasley can drop 30 a night in this league. It would be a terible trade and Indiana must be joking.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:48 pm

Pacers dangling Granger to get to No. 2?

Trading Granger to get No 2 pick is not an even trade. Taking back No 2, Beasley and Rubio - that might be a win - win. Note that Beasley did not cost Kaun anything but cap space. Rubio may not even want to play in Minnesota.

Larry Bird can afford to move Granger to make minutes for Paul George who might be ready to blow up. George need to improve his 3PT shooting but has amazing athleticism. The Pacers have good depth and only get stronger with Beasley and Rubio. The trade would likely need still another player from Minnesota to make the salaries work. Webster would complete the trade as would Tolliver. Indiana may be asking for Rubio but Kahn has repeatedly said he does not want to trade Rubio's rights.

From Minnesota's viewpoint getting Granger fits nicely onto a team with Kevin Love and Darko already on the front line. Kahn has a couple of point guards now with Flynn and Ridnour and can afford to move Rubio. With Granger coming in moving Webster still provides Wesley Johnson with development minutes behind Granger.

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