Danny Granger Reportedly a Trade Target of Cleveland Cavaliers

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 20: Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates hitting a shot against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 20, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With plenty of young talent and the top pick in this year's draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers are building a contender. Still, the team's fanbase and ownership will want to be a playoff contender next year, meaning the Cavs may look to bolster the squad with proven veterans.

One of those veterans could be Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers. From Sam Amico of FOX Sports:

Multiple sources believe the Pacers are looking for a taker for veteran small forward Danny Granger. The Cavs are interested, sources said, but have reservations about the knee injury that forced him to miss much of the season. If the injury robbed Granger of his explosiveness, such a move would hardly be worth the gamble.

Granger essentially missed the entire season, playing just five games this year. Nevertheless, he's one of the better small forwards in the league when he's healthy and averaged 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and a steal per game in the 2011-12 season.     

Along with being a scoring threat, Granger is also a solid defender and fiery competitor. 

It's no secret the Cavs need to improve on the wing and add reinforcements down low this summer. While Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters appear to be the backcourt of the future—and Anderson Varejao is a solid player when he can stay healthy—the Cavs need to add some big bodies this summer. 

If the team uses the top overall pick to add Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, that would certainly address a major need, as would Georgetown's Otto Porter, Jr. on the wing.

As Amico noted in his report, however, the Cavs may simply select Ben McLemore if they judge him to be the best talent and can't trade the pick.

If McLemore is the selection, Waiters could be packaged in a trade, the Cavs could experiment with a smaller lineup or the team could test out how Waiters and McLemore would deal with sharing the shooting guard position.  

Thus, it looks like a deal for Granger—or any other veteran, for that matter—could be a nice backup plan to fill whatever major needs the Cavs feel they have at the draft.