Danny Granger is a free man, liberated from a Philadelphia 76ers team that has no interest in employing capable veterans not named Thaddeus Young.
Per Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Sixers bought out Granger on Feb. 26:
Granger is scheduled to clear waivers Friday at 5 p.m. after the Sixers announced that they had released the 30-year-old, mere days after acquiring him in a last-minute deal just before the NBA's annual trade deadline last week for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
And TNT's David Aldridge reports he'll have some suitors—including the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
There'll definitely be some interest from contending teams in need of a veteran on the wing, but don't expect any desperation or drooling. Remember, the Indiana Pacers shipped him out because they weren't confident he could help them as much as Turner and Allen.
There was some long-term thinking involved in swapping out Granger for two younger pieces, but the Pacers are in a position where every move is focused on one thing: winning a title. If they believed Granger would have been helpful in reaching that goal, he'd still be in Indy.
So, there's something we need to acknowledge about Granger up front: He's not a star anymore. In fact, he might not even be a rotation player.
Still, he's a veteran with a track record of solid play and a good reputation as a locker room leader. The way he handled Paul George's ascent into his vacant starring role speaks to the latter quality.
Having left a contender at the trade deadline, Granger will probably want to join a team occupying a spot in the league's upper echelon. That'll work fine, as those are precisely the kinds of outfits that could use his experience and skill in limited roles.
Don't rule out lesser squads, though. Granger might also want a larger dose of playing time so he can prove his health and up his value before hitting free agency this summer.
Let's run down Granger's options, listed alphabetically, for the season's stretch run.