Tom Thibodeau said last night that his team would be open to adding a buyout candidate late in the season, and today it appears the front office is officially beginning to reach out to those players.
According to a tweet from Y! Sports' Marc Spears, Danny Granger, who was bought out yesterday by the Philadelphia 76ers, will have phone conversations with five teams today, one of which is the Chicago Bulls.
NBA free agent Danny Granger having phone conversations with the Spurs, Heat, Rockets, Clippers and Bulls today, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 27, 2014
Granger was included in the deal that sent him to Philadelphia in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger reportedly had no interest in playing for a non-contender -- the Sixers tout the second worst record in the NBA -- and was given his release. He's averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 29 appearances this season, all off the bench for the Pacers.
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Knee injuries limited him to just five regular season games last year, and he did not appear in the playoffs.
Y! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that the Clippers have emerged as frontrunners to land Granger. Los Angeles is currently dealing with two injuries to their wings, as JJ Redick battles with a bulging disc in his back and Jamal Crawford strained his calf yesterday.
Yahoo Sources: The Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Danny Granger. http://t.co/vWO717XrsC— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 26, 2014