In all the flurry of tweets, posts, and talking about the Indiana Pacers trade of Danny Granger to Philadelphia, one tweet did catch my eye as someone retweeted it out there.
Not answering any questions right now.
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) February 20, 2014
This, to me, says a lot about how much Danny Granger meant to the team. Even in his injury filled past couple of season, Granger kept in touch with the team, and could been seen on the bench talking to guys trying to stay engaged in the game.
Someone like Roy Hibbert, who is emotional guy, could take this trade a bit harder than we’re anticipating. I understand guys will know it’s all a business decision, but you can’t take out emotions of a player into context.
How about Paul George? A guy who worked with Granger before the 2010 draft, and obviously had a huge connection with him. A guy that was probably being groomed to be the replacement for Granger, gets thrust into a starting role, and has flourished because of that. We’ve heard before how Danny Granger’s injury was a blessing in disguise.
Now David West needs to be that voice of leadership for the team. He’s already stepped up on the floor, but I think he’ll be most important now off the floor as one of the few veterans on this team. You could also place Rasual Butler in that category, but I am not sure how much of a voice he is in that locker room. Maybe he steps up as well as that type of guy.
This team was hitting a lull before the All Star break, and in the loss to Minnesota haven’t seemed to recover from it. Now you throw in this trade, and look at how Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen are going to fit in. That’s a lot to take in for a team with the expectation of making the NBA Finals.
This trade is one of those times that I would want the Pacers right back in action to see where the team is at, and where they could be heading. Any case it makes tomorrow night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks a lot more interesting, when let’s face it, a game against one of the worst teams in the league in February wasn’t that interesting.