Los Angeles could not fully take on Granger's contract unless another one from the Clippers is sent back to Indiana. That contract would have to be Caron Butler, who is making $8 million next season. Adding in Butler, makes the trade work financially and also fairly balanced. The Clippers have been searching for their "3rd star" alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin according to ESPN LA's Ramona Shelburne.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, Clips have been "shaking every tree" looking for 3rd star. Have interest in Afflalo, Granger, others...— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 16, 2013
LA thinks Danny Granger could be that "3rd star" that complete their lineup and make them major title contenders. Sending Danny would be a tough pill to swallow for fans, but if you could get back a young asset in Bledsoe and a veteran wing to play behind Paul George would be huge for the second unit.
The starting lineup of George Hill, Lance Stephenson, George, David West, and Roy Hibbert is locked in for the next few years, if West is re-signed (highly likely). Both Kevin Prichard and Donnie Walsh both know they need extra pieces to fill out their second unit to become a complete team.
Even though it would be tough to see, trading Granger for a duo like Bledsoe and Butler would help round-out this team. As you can tell, I am on board to make this trade happen, but are the rest of you?
We will see soon if this rumor actually has legs, but it makes sense for both sides.