Reports have been confirmed that the Philadelphia 76ers and veteran forward Danny Granger are closing in on a buyout agreement and that he will hit the open market very soon. Granger has shown the ability to stay healthy with the Pacers this season, but his numbers were far from impressive. Whenever a player that has the past that Granger has hits the open market, there are always teams that will be interested in giving them another chance. Should the Chicago Bulls take a look at signing Granger after he clears waivers?
The easy answer to this question is a very simple one. Chicago is currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with a record of 30-26. They haven’t had Derrick Rose for the majority of the season, but once again are finding a way to cling together and make something happen. Adding Danny Granger to the mix can only make them better, and perhaps help them compete with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Obviously we can’t expect Danny Granger to get back to scoring 18 points per game, but it is reasonable to think that he could score a good 11-12 points per game. If he came into Chicago and gave them yet another double-digit scoring threat off of their bench, it would help the Bulls in a big way. Current backup point guard D.J. Augustin has been a big reason why the Bulls have been able to keep winning games, but adding a veteran leader like Granger could perhaps power the Bulls even more.
This is all speculation as Danny Granger could just as easily score five points per game, but it’s certainly something to consider. The Bulls have made it clear that they haven’t given up on this season, and they are still competing with some of the better teams in the NBA. Perhaps the Bulls would be able to offer a role that would help Danny Granger succeed and get back to the type of scorer that he used to be capable of.
Overall, it would be a very wise decision for the Chicago Bulls to make a run at Danny Granger. The Clippers appear to be the early favorites, but the Bulls can offer Granger the chance to compete, play good minutes, and also try to get revenge on the Pacers for trading him. It certainly makes sense for both sides, especially on a one-year contract. Don’t be surprise if the Bulls decided to make a run at Danny Granger.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for HoopsHabit.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.