The Chicago Bulls did not make a trade at the February 20 trade deadline this past Thursday but the team may look to add a player that has been bought out.
In what is becoming a common practice, after the deadline, players with expensive contracts and little value to their current team are often bought out in the days after the trade deadline. Sometimes these players are fringe players who add little value to a team, and at times, the player could be a key addition to a team’s playoff. If former Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is bought out, then he likely will be a valued free agent.
On Thursday, the Pacers traded Granger and his hefty contract to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a trade that sent Evan Turner to the Pacers. The 76ers, who cleaned house at the deadline, are working towards a contract buyout of Granger. A buyout would make Granger a coveted free agent for teams looking to make a playoff push.
According Real GM, one of the teams Granger will consider singing with if bought out is the Chicago Bulls.
Should Granger receive a buyout, sources tell RealGM that he will likely decide between the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.-Real GM
The Heat were believed to be interested in a wing-scorer at the deadline but opted not to make a trade. There could be mutual interest between the two sides, especially if Granger’s motivation is for a championship.
Granger was once considered to be an up-and-coming star in the NBA until injuries have plagued his career for the past two seasons. Granger appeared in only 5 games last season for the Pacers while only appearing in 29 games so far this season. On the season, Granger is averaging 8.3 points per game.
If healthy and motivated, Granger could be a great pickup for the Bulls. Granger is a career 43.5% shooter from the field while also shooting over 38% percent from three-point range.
Granger needs to be released by March 1 in order to be eligible to play in the playoffs with a potential new team.