76ers, Danny Granger complete buyout

Posted: February 28, 2014

Danny Granger got his wish.

The 76ers negotiated a buyout of what's left of the forward's expiring contract on Wednesday, six days after he was acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie wouldn't disclose the buyout amount. Granger, however, was slated to receive around $4 million for the rest of the season.

Assuming he clears waivers by 5 p.m. Friday, the 6-foot-9, 228-pounder can sign with a team of his choice. He is reportedly looking at championship contenders: the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.

"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."

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