The Los Angeles Clippers got word on Thursday from free agent forward Danny Granger that he intends to sign with the team, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Granger had narrowed down his choice among the Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks. The 30-year-old had become a free agent after agreeing to a buyout on Wednesday with the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired him in a trade deadline deal with the Indiana Pacers last Thursday in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
Once Granger became a free agent, the Clippers quickly became a front runner for the eight-year veteran services due to the injury to J.J. Redick, who is out for the next three to five weeks because of a bulging disk in his back, and Jamal Crawford, who suffered a strained left calf in Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Over the past several weeks, Los Angeles has made a slew of roster changes as they signed Hedo Turkoglu. They also inked forward Glen Davis to a deal last week after he reached a buyout with the Orlando Magic. Finally, the Clips dealt forward Byron Mullens to the 76ers and shipped Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks at the Feb. 20 deadline.
These moves all indicate Los Angeles is looking to make a deep run in the playoffs. The acquisition of key veteran help should provide an extra spark in the Clippers’ final stretch of regular season games.
The addition of Granger will provide them with another scorer and a lengthy defender. The former All-Star has struggled this season as he is averaging just 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes in 29 games played for the Pacers. Granger has had difficulty in regaining the same explosion he had prior to his left knee surgery that forced him to miss almost all of the 2012-13 season.
But the veteran forward is a solid addition to Clippers’ roster as he can be an immediate impact player with his scoring ability and leadership.
Here are highlights from Grangers’ career-high 44 points scored in a game during the 2009-10 season:
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