What a steal for the Pacers. I don't even understand how deals like this happen.
Assuming Granger is not recovering, it's a fine trade to solidify their bench a bit. Turner will be fine on a winning team as a 25 minute a game player who plays more when he's hot.
I assume they know Granger is not going to recover. If he does return in Grant Hill 2010 form, it's not such a good trade. Granger could provide 20 minutes of solid minutes wearing Lebron out. But again, I guess they think he is done?
Granger has done absolutely nothing in over 2 years and plays positions that the Pacers are rock solid at. They got a 6th man type guy in Turner and another decent bench player with Lavoy AAllen. Both of whom are way younger than Granger. That's an absolute heist in my book.
I forgot about Lavoy Allen. He can competently fill minutes, for sure. That's a solid 9th, 10th guy.
What Granger has done the last two years is irrelevant though. He is now supposed to be healthy. So my point is "what if" he returns to being a competent wing player by the time the playoffs roll around? Would you rather have 75% of the old Granger as your 6th man or Evan Turner? Clearly Granger.
That hypothetical is not likely though, or else they would not have pulled the trigger. Even if he does return to being a good player, it is likely going to take at least an off-season of practice. So, they shed that dead-weight salary (to use on Lance) and gain a player they know can be productive off the bench. Solid move. I hope it helps them beat the cHeat.
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