Before you gawk at the headline or send me a mean email for even suggesting this possibility… here me out. There are some NBA trade rumors surrounding Danny Granger now that he’s nearing a return to play (and now that Paul George is become more awesome by the day).
As for the Bobcats, they do have two rookie small forwards and they might not want to deal with Granger’s salary.
But, Granger has two years left on his deal, and there aren’t many Granger-level players available to Charlotte any other way than through a trade.
He’d instantly make them a better offensive team; Granger is a career 18.3 points per game scorer, and his career offensive rating (points produced per 100 minutes) is 110.
He’s also a solid rebounder at the small forward slot; He’s grabbed four boards per game over his career.
Finally, he’s a veteran star player.
Charlotte’s got a young blossoming star in Kemba Walker, and a potential star in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but the team’s veterans are really just that… Vets.
Ramon Sessions is good and Ben Gordon can put the ball through the rim, but they’re nowhere near Granger’s level of expertise with a basketball.
He would take pressure off Walker, give MKG some room to grow, and obviously make the Bobcats a better team.
Who knows what Charlotte would have to give up to get Granger… Probably ‘Gana Diop, Gerald Henderson another player and a draft pick… But if Indiana calls, the ‘Cats should listen.