As first reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat have signed free agent Danny Granger to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million using the biannual exception. He will have a player option for the second year. On the one hand, this isn’t the kind of move that will convince LeBron to stay in Miami, and neither was this morning’s news that the Heat will use the full mid-level exception on Josh McRoberts.
But on the other hand, take a look at Miami’s reserves from last year other than Ray Allen. Granger and McBob are already significant upgrades from the secondary unit the Heat trotted out there last season, even if they won’t move the needle much for LeBron.
A lot of contenders were looking at Danny Granger, including Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. Miami is a good landing spot for him.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 7, 2014
Last season, the Indiana Pacers traded Granger for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger never reported to the Philadelphia 76ers and ended up signing with the Los Angeles Clippers after the Sixers bought him out. Granger averaged eight points per game on 42 percent shooting in his limited time with the Clippers.
At this point in his career, Granger is basically damaged goods. His NBA career is fully dependent on his reputation as an experienced veteran and the hope that he could somehow revive his glory days to some capacity. In his best season with the Pacers, Granger averaged 25.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. It’s sad to see how far Granger has fallen due to injury issues, but this is a great contract for the Heat and he should be able to come in and be an upgraded Rashard Lewis.
Sorry, Indiana Pacers fans. But if you want to blame anyone for one of your most popular players in the last decade joining the Miami Heat, it should probably be Larry Bird.
I know it was you, Granger. You broke my heart. You broke my heart! pic.twitter.com/As9S0CHS9F
— Miller Time Podcast (@MillerTimePod) July 7, 2014