Yesterday night, it appeared that a Danny Granger buyout would be completed by this evening, if not earlier. Here we are at nearly eight o’clock eastern time though, and nothing has been completed.
CSN Philly’s Dei Lynam says that Granger has passed his physical, and that discussions between his representatives and the Sixers are “ongoing”. So what is taking the buyout so long to be completed?
Sticking points could be the price of the buyout and the Sixers’ ability to work a sign-and-trade.
While being bought-out may ultimately cost Granger money in the short-term, going to a team like the Spurs or Thunder (reports indicate the Heat players may not be interested), and having the chance to potentially beat the Pacers in the NBA Finals, might be worth losing a little money. Plus, if he plays well en route to a title, he has a chance to make that money back this off-season.
Certainly after listening to Brett Brown post practice today, it doesn’t sound like Granger has any intention of playing in Philly.
“He is a good guy, a good person, and a hell of a player,” Brown said of Granger. “He has different ideas on what is best for him and his family at this stage of his career. I don’t begrudge him for any of that. I think it is our job to run a business and treat people well, and we will do that. I think the timeline with Danny is still open ended.”
So the waiting game continues for the Granger buyout. But, if we have learned anything from the past 48 hours, it’s that Danny Granger’s buyout may be complex, but it is going to be completed.