"That's unbelievable. I was going to start him tonight," Sixers coach Brett Brown jokingly said of Granger before Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic.
"We wish him well," he added in a serious voice. "We worked with him. We talked a lot about treating people the way they should be treated respecting his situation, listening to him and still run a business."
The Sixers acquired Granger and a 2015 second-round pick in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen on Feb. 20. Eager to win a title, the ninth-year veteran was disappointed and never wanted to suit up for the Sixers.
That's because Granger left a team that headed into Wednesday with the NBA's best record (43-10). The Sixers had the second-worst record (15-42) in the league. So he and the Sixers had been negotiating a buyout since Saturday.
Granger has played in 29 games this season with just two starts. The former all-star is averaging 8.3 points and 1.1 assists after missing the majority of last season with a knee injury.
"I would like to express that I have a great deal of respect for Danny Granger as a person," Hinkie said in a statement. "The manner with which he carried himself throughout this process was professional, courteous, and respectful and speaks volumes about his character."