The small forward, who appeared in just five games last season and has spent most of this season injured as well, is owed just over $14 million this year. Once he hits free agency this summer, he won't be brought back. That is, if Pacers team president Larry Bird doesn't deal him first.
"I've talked to Danny, talked to his agent; I'm not looking to trade him," Bird said, per the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz. "But you never know. If the right thing came along that would help the franchise, I would have to look at it, but I'm not out there looking at deals."
Actively shopping Granger is something the Pacers don't have the luxury of doing. His stock has never been lower, and they value him as both an on-court talent and expiring deal more than most other teams would.
But Bird also criticized the forward's work ethic, intimating that Granger toes the line of expendable.
"He doesn't work hard enough (in the offseason)," Bird said, via Kravitz. "He's not a guy who'll push himself to the brink like a lot of our guys do."
Ouch. Times infinity.
Granger insists that it's important for him to remain with the Pacers for the rest of this season, according to Kravitz, but if the Pacers can negotiate a trade with a team looking to dump talent for financial gain without sacrificing their own economic state, his tenure in Indiana could be up long before he hits free agency.
*All stats come courtesy of Basketball-Reference. All salary information obtained from ShamSports.com, and rounded to nearest $100,000, unless otherwise noted. Each trade adheres to NBA's CBA guidelines and were vetted by ESPN's Trade Machine whenever possible.