When all hope seemed lost on there being any excitement whatsoever before the 2014 NBA trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers agreed on a deal at the 11th hour.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Danny Granger is on his way to the Sixers, while the Pacers get Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in return:
Indiana has traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Grantland's Zach Lowe provided additional details on the deal:
Philly also got a future Indy 2nd-round pick in the Granger deal, source says.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 20, 2014
The Pacers confirmed the deal later that night:
The Pacers, who currently sport the Eastern Conference's best record, get even better and load up on reinforcements for a potential playoff showdown with the Miami Heat.
Turner has his drawbacks. Although the 25-year-old is averaging 17.4 points per game this season, he's a career 42.8 percent shooter and has struggled to knock down his jump shot consistently. However, those problems were magnified by the 34.9 minutes per game he was forced to log for the sinking 76ers.
In Indiana, he'll come off the bench, giving the Pacers a nice, versatile role player who has size and can do a little bit of everything, including handling the ball or guarding athletic wings. LeBron James believes he'll fit right in according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:
LeBron on IND trade: "I didn't think Granger would last long once Paul George became what he is...Evan Turner is good; he'll work for them."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) February 21, 2014
Rotoworld's Adam Levitan and CBS Sports' Matt Moore applauded the deal:
My disdain for Evan Turner's game has been well documented, but he's definitely an upgrade on Granger as a 7th/8th guy. Nice move by IND.— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) February 20, 2014
Turner's not a superstar, but their big problem is offensse and he's gotten pretty good on that end, especially off-ball.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 20, 2014
The Sixers were nearly eight points per 100 possessions better with Turner on the court, per NBA.com. His player efficiency rating (13.3, according to Basketball-Reference) isn't pretty, but he's an upgrade over Granger, who has been left as a shell of his former self by injuries.
Lavoy Allen is averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest this year and will give the Pacers some depth down low.
Who got the better end of this deal?
As for Philly's return, it's all about the rebuilding process. After trading Spencer Hawes earlier in the day for scraps, they now bring in Granger, whose $14 million salary comes off the books after the season.
It will be intriguing to see if the former All-Star, who is averaging just 8.3 points and 22.5 minutes per game this season while shooting a miserable 35.9 percent from the field, can resuscitate his career with more playing time. But Granger is 30 years old, and it seems his best days may be behind him.
It clearly took a while for the sides to agree on a deal, but in the end, they both got what they wanted.