The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone and the Cleveland Cavaliers have added a big man that can space the floor in what ended up being the second biggest trade Deadline Day. The biggest deal was the Indiana Pacers adding Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen for Danny Granger who went to the Philadelphia 76ers. Turner should provide a younger more athletic version of Granger and Allen gives the team another banger down low to go with David West, Roy Hibbert, Andrew Bynum (lol) and others to fight the defending champs Miami Heat.
It is very possible that the 76ers and Granger will look to end their relationship quickly. It is possible that the Pacers asked the 6ers to do such to allow their long term player to sign with a contender. Granger will have a number of suitors for his time including the Heat but could the Cavaliers provide a great alternative for him to get back to staring in the league in a major role? Granger could fill the backup SF role with the team but Mike Brown likes bigger shooting guards could Granger fill that role?
Signing Granger would give the Cavs a clear 10 man rotation, that they could even do hockey rotations. If they kept their current starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao their second unit would see Dion Waiters at the point, CJ Miles at the 2 guard, Granger as the small forward, Anthony Bennett at the 4 and Tyler Zeller/Spencer Hawes as the men in the middle. If they slide Granger in as the starting shooting guard, Jack slides in as the point of the second unit knocking Waiters and Miles down to the 2 and 3 spots. Obviously the team will combine the players in different ways throughout the game to mix and match. Having 2 starting small forwards is 2 more then the team had when the season started.
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Adding Granger gives the Cavs some insurance if Deng really doesn’t want to be back. The Cavs could resign Granger at a cheaper cost then Deng and provides a backup option. For Granger having a chance to put up numbers, to possibly start and to help a team make the playoffs could help him make more money and reestablish himself as a good secondary player in the league. While winning a championship is important for all players Granger going to the rival Heat doesn’t seem to be a decision his character would allow after being a Pacer for so long.
What do you think of the Cavs signing Granger? Do you see him as having any interest of coming to Cleveland as the weather starts to warm up? Do you think he could be a final piece?