Just as it appeared the dust was settling on the NBA trade deadline, a Pacers Woj bomb!
Indiana has traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Assuming the deal goes through as Woj reports, the Pacers have officially given up on the comeback effort of Danny Granger as the team's former star has appeared to plateau of late and when combined with Luis Scola, started making the second unit look old at times and at a minimum inconsistent from night-to-night.
According to Sham Sports, Evan Turner is making $6.7 million while Lavoy Allen makes just over $3 million. More importantly, both players will be restricted free agents after the season, so the Pacers take a shot at improving their second-unit depth without locking up future cap space. Turner also presents an interesting Plan B option to sign this summer if things go well with him and things also go too well with Lance Stephenson, making Born Ready to expensive to keep.
Adding two players and losing one leaves the Pacers with 16 players, so something will have to give to get down to 15 players.
Turner is averaging over 17 points, 6 rebounds and almost 4 assists per game for the Sixers and does has to enjoy the chance to play his home games in the Fieldhouse, site of an epic moment in his college career.
More on all of this to come, especially Granger's departure.