Clippers reportedly favorites to land Danny Granger
The Clippers are reportedly favorites to land free agent Danny Granger after team officials met with his representatives Wednesday night in Los Angeles during a win over the Houston Rockets, according to a report from Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Head coach Doc Rivers acknowledged on Wednesday that “of course” his team is interested in the former All-Star swingman.
Granger had his $14 million expiring contract bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers following a trade from Indiana for Evan Turner.
The San Antonio Spurs also remain in the hunt for the 30-year-old Granger and believe he is a good fit for their culture. With the return of Kawhi Leonard, however, his playing time in San Antonio would pale in comparison to the opportunities he would get in Los Angeles, where JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford are both out with injuries. Crawford left Wednesday’s win over the Rockets with a calf injury, and Redick hasn’t played since Feb. 3 because of lingering hip and back injuries.
Granger, who was named an All-Star in 2009, the same season he won the league’s Most Improved Player award, has an offseason home in Los Angeles and has spent his summers training at the Clippers’ facility.
According to the report, Granger is likely to verbally commit to a team before he becomes an unrestricted free agent when he officially clears waivers at 5 p.m. EST on Friday.