Still no resolution for 76ers, Granger

Posted: February 25, 2014

With the trade deadline passed, little suspense remains for the 76ers over their final 26 games. All that's left is a steady slog toward their reckoning with the Ping-Pong balls at the NBA draft lottery in May.

Nevertheless, a degree of intrigue surrounded Sunday's practice as the basketball world awaited word on whether Danny Granger would suit up for the Sixers.

It's a question that is just as important to the playoff contenders rumored to have interest in the former all-star as it is to the Sixers, who host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

The answer wasn't coming Sunday. When the curtain lifted on a two-hour practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Granger was nowhere to be found.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said that Granger didn't attend practice because he was concluding his physicals but that he planned to meet with the veteran forward later in the afternoon.

"I'll sit down with him for the first time now that the physicals have been had and talk with him," Brown said.

Granger was acquired in a trade Thursday with the Indiana Pacers, and the 30-year-old forward reportedly is seeking a buyout of his contract, which expires at the end of this season.

Brown said that Granger already had met with general manager Sam Hinkie. It's unclear what - if any - role Granger will have with the Sixers.

Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said the 6-foot-9 Granger, who is coming off a knee injury last season, still can bring a lot to the table.

"He can do many things," Young said. "He's a pretty good defensive player, and a pretty good guy, from what I'm told."

The Sixers dressed only eight players against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as they lost their 10th consecutive game. Monday, they are expected to have three players also picked up in deadline deals: guard Eric Maynor, and centers Henry Sims (6-10) and Byron Mullens, a 7-footer.

Brown said neither of the two new big men would likely start against the Bucks, but that day probably will arrive sooner rather than later.

"You're big, you're in. That's what it is," Brown said. "We're going to have to develop new faces and keep developing the people we've invested so much time in."


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