FBA Rumors: Where will Granger land?
February, 25, 2014
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider
Is Danny Granger fantasy-relevant anywhere other than Philly?
Last week, we wrote that Granger could put up Mike Dunleavy Jr.-like numbers if he remained in Philadelphia for the remainder of the season. However, the chances of him staying with the Sixers appear to be slim. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the 30-year-old swingman's status could be resolved by Tuesday.
"Granger wants to play for an NBA championship contender, according to sources," Pompey wrote. "And there's a belief the Sixers will negotiate a buyout of what's left of his expiring contract (about $4 million) to accommodate the former all-star."
Any fantasy value Granger has will dwindle considerably if he's bought out, but it's still worth paying attention to where he signs.
"At this point, based on his production thus far this year, Granger probably can't expect a major minutes role coming his way," ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan said. "Still, his talents, particularly as they pertain to being a shooting threat, will keep him in demand from several teams."
Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Miami, Chicago and Dallas are among the teams rumored to have interest in Granger, but according to Elhassan, there are two teams that offer the best fit.
"The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are both organizations with a reputation for integrating buyout candidates late in-season, and both could use an extra shooter with size," he said. "Both teams also feature an open roster spot (Miami by virtue of the Roger Mason trade and San Antonio after the expiration of Shannon Brown's 10-day contract). While Miami would offer the opportunity to exact revenge against the team that dealt him, the Spurs probably have the bigger short term need for offensive firepower with the injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker."
How drastically will Turner's numbers decline in Indiana?
Everyone knew that Evan Turner's fantasy numbers would take a hit if Philadelphia traded him, but at least in a place like Charlotte he still would have had a chance to start and play a big part of the offense. In Indiana, the opportunities will not be as great, as Turner is expected to come off the bench behind Lance Stephenson and give the Pacers a greater scoring threat -- even if a less efficient one -- than they had in Danny Granger.
Not only will Turner likely face a reduction in minutes from the 34.9 he averaged with the Sixers this season, but he will go from an up-tempo, offensive-oriented system with few restrictions in Philly to a slower-paced defensive juggernaut in Indiana. None of that equates to good things for Turner owners.
Turner's scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg) stand to suffer most on the deeper, taller and more experienced Pacers squad. ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton projects the fourth-year swingman to average 25 minutes, 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game with the Pacers.
While his value certainly decreases, that doesn't mean he should be completely overlooked or forgotten.
"Let's give it a few games before we decide to completely cut ties with Turner now that he'll come off the bench in Indiana," ESPN.com's fantasy basketball contributor Brian McKitish wrote on Monday. "It's true that much of Turner's value was tied to his (minutes) and high usage rate for the offensively challenged Sixers, but Turner is still a versatile fantasy player who should offer some low-level value off the bench in Indiana."
Is Bazemore worth adding?
Kent Bazemore has come out of nowhere following the trade to the Lakers. In two games, the second-year pro has averaged 16.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers with Los Angeles.
But if you're going to add him to your roster, you better do it now and keep your expectations super low for the weeks ahead.
Pelton notes: "Really, if and when Nick Young and Xavier Henry come back there's not much playing time there. I don't see that lasting at all."
Young will miss at least the next two games due to knee soreness, while Henry has been cleared to practice and may return by the end of the week.
Bumps and bruises
- Atlanta PF Paul Millsap will be held out of games on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a right knee contusion, the team announced. With Pero Antic (ankle) also out the next two games and Gustavo Ayon (shoulder) out for at least Tuesday's game against Chicago, it'll be up to Mike Scott and Elton Brand to carry the load in the frontcourt.
- Anderson Varejao (back), Dion Waiters (knee) and C.J. Miles (ankle) have all been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Toronto, according to The Plain Dealer.