With the NBA season nearing its end, many teams are looking to make moves to put themselves into a Championship mode after many teams already made big trades before the trade deadline. Some of these moves include the 76ers buying out Danny Granger’s contract where he will either become a Clippers player, or a Spurs player. And the Bucks buying out Caron Butler’s contract where he will end up as a Heats player.
These talks and plans occurred after Danny Granger, ex Pacer player, was furious after being traded to a team with clearly no way of reaching the playoffs, the 76ers, for Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner. He let it be known he does not want to play on a losing team and felt disrespected by the Pacer organization. He is in the later years of his career and with not years or quite frankly games left to play, wants to be in a position where he can win a championship,now. By letting the 76ers buy out his contract it will waive his bird years rights, and he will be allowed to go to a team of his choice.
Now for the 76ers this was a silly trade to make. Not only did you lose one of your top players, you just incurred the salary of a player who will be making a quit exit to another team to win. They are the clear losers in all this chaos and will have to look for draft picks and free agent pickups to help their only two star players that are left; rookie Michael Carter-Williams, and Thaddeus Young,
The Clippers can definitely make use of this pickup, and improve their team by acquiring Danny Granger. He is a long defender and knock down shooter and will drastically improve the Clippers who lost J.J Reddick to injury and picked up big man Glen Davis.
The Spurs are also interested, and would probably suit Granger better for his play style, but I believe his minutes would be cut, since Kawhi Leonard is already their starting 3 man and is doing a stellar job. At best Granger might be a 7 man for the Spurs behind Manu Ginobili, on the Clippers he will most likely be a starter.
Caron Butler also had his contract bought out and by the Bucks who are the worst team in the league which is very surprising to some. After making it to the playoffs last year and getting swept by the Miami Heat, some believed they could repeat their performance of making the playoffs this year. Although they lost Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, they picked up big names like Gary Neal who was traded, O.J Mayo who is not living up to the expectations, and Caron Butler, who will likely end up a Heat this Friday.
Again the Bucks end up the losers here just at the 76ers, but the bright side to being the Bucks is that you will potentially have a top 3 pick for the draft where their is plenty of talent expected to come out of college. This is assuming however that the Bucks make a good choice.
The Heat picking up Caron Butler would add to their defensive schemes and should take the load off of Battier and Allen when it comes to three point shooting. Butler is no Mike Miller, who the heat got rid of in the off season, but he is definitely capable of knocking down big threes. Does this translate to the Heat becoming a dynasty? Possibly, a big man would have been better, but we are likely to see Greg Oden and Butler play plenty of minutes if necessary towards the start of the Playoffs.
It just goes to show how tough the NBA is for low tier teams, especially in the East who seem to be having the worst luck of all. As the powerhouse teams get more power and the weaker teams get well, weaker.
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