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Phase 2 Rosterbation (Danny Granger trade options?)

Last thread was laggy. Here's a new one. For like the millionth year in a row, we have to deal with the Danny Granger trade chatter. First rumor we've heard has involved Cleveland. I went over to FearTheSword to gauge some interest, and I got some mixed responses. Most people, obviously, didn't want to risk taking on a player who may not play, but they sounded ecstatic at the prospect of getting Granger, even at 75%, for just picks and filler. The #1 pick was obviously never discussed, but here's some options I threw out there that weren't immediately shot down (and a couple I'm just adding here):

Granger for Gee and #19

Granger for Speights and #19

Granger for #31 and #33

Granger and #23 for Miles, #19 and either #31 or #33

On Tom's front page story June 11, there's a link to a NOLA.com piece wherein the Pelicans' beat writer seems very interested in acquiring Granger. One thing that immediately comes to mind is EJ for Granger straight up. No, I'm not stupidly obsessed with EJ. I wouldn't hate having EJ here, but his contract is too long, given the fact we'd eventually have essentially five guys signed for like $60ish million concurrently if we took him on. But is there another way to ship Granger home and still get better?

The Pels have an abundance of cap space (like $23m right as of now). How about:

IND gets a lottery protected future NOLA first rounder, Jason Smith and Austin Rivers, NOLA gets Granger and #23?

Too much for Rivers? While I'm no fan of one of history's worst rookies, I'd venture to say he hasn't really been given a chance to peak yet. This move saves Indiana around $10m (which the Pacers could spend on free agent shooters, backup power forwards, or veteran backup point guards, whatever), adds some low-risk, high potential guys (Smith expires and Rivers comes up on his team option next year). I don't know if the Pels do it, but if they really want Granger and think he can legitimize them, alongside EJ, Vasquez, Anthony Davis and whoever they get at #6, they might be inclined.

Anyway, this thread is for EVERY rosterbatory inclination. Feel free to talk about whatever. Just streamlining the conversation.

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