INDIANAPOLIS – Through many lean years, Danny Granger was the model of consistency for an Indiana Pacers franchise in the depths of rebuilding.
But as they are in position to make their biggest run for a championship in nearly 15 years, he will be somewhere else watching.
On Thursday the Pacers traded Granger to the Sixers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen along with a future second round pick. The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports early Thursday afternoon and confirmed by the Pacers later that evening.
“We thank Danny for his eight-and-a-half seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird in a statement released through the team. “We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring.”
In a reserve role in 29 games this season, Granger has averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. He missed the early part of this season and all but five games of the 2012-2013 season with knee issues in which time he lost his role in the starting lineup to Paul George.
Before injuries kept him out of the lineup, Granger was the Pacers’ leading scorer for five straight seasons. His best year came during his All-Star campaign of 2008-2009 when he averaged 25 points and five rebounds a contest. Granger was taken by the Pacers 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Now coming to the Pacers is Turner, who was the second overall pick of the 2011 Draft out of Ohio State. Turner has seen steady improvement over his three-and-a-half year career as he became a full time starter during the 2012-2013 season. The guard is averaging 17.4 points and six rebounds a contest for the Sixers, who are well out of the playoff race at 15-40.
Allen was selected in the second round of that same 2011 draft and has seen action in 52 games for the Sixers as a reserve. The 6-foot-9 forward from Temple is averaging five points and five rebounds a game.
With those two players coming on board, the Pacers announced that guard Orlando Johnson was waived.