Pacers trade Danny Granger to Philadelphia
Long-time Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger has been traded to Philadelphia.
Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday the Pacers agreed to send Granger to the 76ers just before the NBA's trade deadline. Indiana will get Evan Turner, the second player taken in the 2010 NBA Draft, and Lavoy Allen from Philadelphia.
The Pacers confirmed the trade Thursday night.
During some lean times, Granger was the Pacers' go-to guy, but over the years, nagging injuries, reduced playing time and a big contract made him expendable. He is averaging just over eight points a game this season, after missing several games at the start of the year due to injury.
"We thank Danny for his eight-and-a-half seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring."
Turner is averaging over 17 points per game for a struggling 76ers team and can also help the Pacers with his defense.
Both Granger and Turner are in the final year of their respective contracts and did not figure to return next season. Granger has spent his entire career in Indiana after being drafted in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft.
Philadelphia will also reportedly receive a future second-round pick from the Pacers in the deal.
Indiana waived guard Orlando Johnson to make room on the roster for the new acquisitions.