This is probably a subject that's been broached before, but in light of CP3's near trade demand and the changing landscape of the NBA, does anybody think Granger himself could make a trade demand in the coming years? If the Pacers don't start winning fast, will he become fed up with the continued mediocrity and ask out?
On the surface it doesn't seem all that possible considering Granger will probably never hold that kind of sway/power in the NBA. He also doesn't seem to have that kind of personality. But CP3 didn't seem to have that type of personality either, and yet, he was just on the brink. Amazing what a franchise's lack of direction can do...or maybe amazing what a shady marketing agency/agent can do (I'm talking to you 'Bron 'Bron).
The follow-up question to the possibility of a Granger trade demand is would that actually be a good thing for the franchise? I think you could argue the Pacers overvalue Granger, and a demand on his part might be the only way they get the assets to put the franchise on a brighter path.
Personally, I'd have a difficult time with it. Even if part me knows that trading Granger could change the future of the franchise, I'd be hesitant. You see, I know this isn't a popular point of view, but winning isn't the only thing that matters to me when rooting for the Pacers. Despite the mediocrity of the last 4-5 seasons, I've still made some connections with many of the players on the team.
Take Brandon Rush for example. Brandon Rush is the ultimate enigma, right? His mind is made of porcelain; his left hand on the dribble is as awkward as Canada with a military. Intensity is as foreign to Rush as a layup is to JOB. And yet, I still want him. His defensive potential is paramount; he has a smooth stroke from three, and he's only been in the league two seasons. If he figures it out, I want it to be while he's a member of the Pacers.
This type of reluctance is exactly why fans are only armchair GMs, and why fans often offer the most ridiculous trade proposals, right? The question is: Is it really such a terrible thing to be a blinded optimist from time to time? Is it better than being the surly fan who no matter what happens will always be looking for someone on whom they can unload their written and verbal venom? Does optimism equal a better quality of life as a fan?
I don't know if I have the answer to any of those questions, but I do know if Granger is ever moved part of my Pacers loyalty will be pricked. If moving him means 10 years of 45+ win seasons and playoff appearances, then how quickly will I forget Danny Granger as a member of the blue and gold? Ah...the ultimate carousel that is fandom....