Many have argued that Granger should go right back into the starting line-up. Others say he should play with the second unit who is in need of some major help from a scoring perspective. I agree with Mark Boyle when he says that Granger would be a great 6th man. Granger is a seasoned veteran that should be able to provide some energy and scoring for both the first and second unit. If Granger can become a versatile sixth man, the Pacers have the potential to be the team to beat in the East. I struggle with the idea of breaking up our current first unit because they are finally playing well together. Our second unit still needs help; however, you can't limit Granger to solely being a second unit player like many times Orlando Johnson or D.J. Augustin. Granger needs to be rotating in with Stephenson, basically become what we all thought Gerald Green would be at the beginning of the year. No matter what Vogel decides that will get us through this year...maybe even get us deep into the playoffs, the question is how does that set us up for the future?
I have heard we should just cut ties with Danny Granger and move on finding new younger talent. As a Pacers fan I sincerely struggle with how to deal with Danny Granger. I have truly enjoyed watching Danny play and give his heart to this organization through some really rough years. I would hate to see him let go to play some where else. I would even struggle to trade him unless we get a good draft pick, which I doubt is a possibility. A team may not simply sacrifice a good, young player for an older veteran coming off an injury. That is why I propose that the Pacers try to get David West and Danny Granger both back on short term, mid sized contracts. If the Pacers can convince both of them that this team, with young talent and their veteran leadership, could win a championship in the next two to three years, there might be a possibility to retain both of them on short contracts.
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