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Pietrus would soften the blow of Granger's injury for Indiana.
News of Indiana small forward Danny Granger's knee injury took a turn for the worse on Wednesday when it was revealed that his lingering soreness required an injection that will keep him sidelined for three months (via espn.com)
The Pacers, who led eventual champion Miami 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series last season before bowing to the Heat, were considered a potential Finals contender coming into the season. But without their top scorer and best player, they suddenly look like a fringe playoff team at best.
David West, Paul George and George Hill are all capable offensive players who will certainly make up for at least a portion of Granger's 18-20 points per night. But Indiana will be well-served to look for some reinforcements and apparently they've begun that process.
According to Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star, the Pacers have reached out to veteran swingman Mickael Pietrus, most recently of the Celtics. Pietrus is nowhere near the player Granger is, but the Pacers need depth and experience in Granger's absence and Pietrus provides both in spades.
There's a market for Pietrus beyond Indiana, however. His agent, Bill McCandless, told RealGM.com that he's in discussions with "a few other teams." The same report also links former Mavericks, Jazz and Wizards small forward Josh Howard to the Pacers.
Ultimately, younger players like George and Lance Stephenson will have to step up for Indiana while Granger is out. But bringing in a player with Pietrus' skill set, particularly on defense, should soften the blow at least somewhat.