Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sixers get Granger and his expiring contract

PHILADELPHIA - The Sixers traded guard Evan Turner and big man Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and the rights to Golden State's second-round pick in 2015.

Granger is making $14.01 million this season, the final year of his deal.

He's played in 34 games the last two seasons due to persistent knee issues.

Turner was the second overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2010 NBA Draft and is currently averaging a career-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season. He appeared in 279 games for the Sixers, making 170 starts, and posted career averages of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per game. While at Ohio State, Turner was named 2009-10 NCAA AP Player of the Year, won the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award, while also being named a First-Team All-American.

Allen was the 50th overall pick by the Sixers in 2011 and is averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19 minutes per game this season. During the 2012 Playoffs, Allen helped lead the Sixers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, when he posted averages of 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and a block in 12 games over two playoff rounds.

Granger was originally the 17th overall pick by Indiana in the 2005 NBA Draft and has spent all nine of his seasons with the Pacers. He has posted career averages of 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, one steal and one block in 544 career games. Granger was selected to the 2009 All-Star Game and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2008-09 season.

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