Granger reportedly keen to join a contender before Saturday’s deadline.
The Philadelphia 76ers are continuing talks with newly acquired star Danny Granger over a possible buyout, according to multiple sources.
The two parties must agree on a buyout before Saturday’s midnight deadline in order for Granger to be waived and remain eligible to appear in this season’s playoffs with any team that he subsequently signs for.
However, according to ESPN, there are suggestions that the former Indiana Pacers star is considering his options, which include the possibility of staying with the Sixers for the rest of the season.
Should Granger decide to leave this week, he will forfeit his Larry Bird rights and strip Philadelphia of the ability to sign-and-trade him this summer, both of which could potentially impact his earning power in free agency.
Nevertheless, speculation is growing that the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in acquiring him should he reach a buyout agreement, giving him the opportunity to join a contender now and play a role in a deep post-season run.
It is undoubtedly a tricky situation for the 30-year-old, who moved to Philly as part of the deal taking Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in the opposite direction.
While Granger has yet to make his debut for the 76ers, Turner featured for the first time in Indiana on Tuesday night, playing a significant role off the bench in their win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
It remains to be seen what Granger decides to do, but with reported interest from two of the top teams in the Western Conference, he could well be keen to make a move now and join a competitive team.