Clippers might sign Danny Granger
All signs point to the Clippers signing free-agent forward Danny Granger to a contract after he clears waivers Friday at 2 p.m. PST.
Granger got a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, making him a free agent who could sign with any team.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was asked whether the club was interested in signing Granger.
“Of course,” Rivers said.
Rivers was asked whether the Clippers will sign Granger.
“I have no idea,” Rivers said. “And that’s the fact. Obviously, a guy with that talent you want to look at. There’s no doubt about that.”
Rivers joked that it’s going to take “cash” to sign Granger, who can get the veteran minimum of $1.4 million from the Clippers that would be prorated to about $350,000.
The Clippers will have competition in their quest to sign Granger.
The San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat also want to sign Granger.
“I don’t think it’s really up to us,” Rivers said. “I think it’ll be up to Danny. I think there will be a lot of teams going after him, and there probably should be.”
Rivers said he’ll have to do some recruiting of Granger.
But what Rivers can offer Granger is the possibility to be a starter at small forward if he plays for them, or at least get quality playing time.
“I don’t know if it’s recruiting of anything like that,” Rivers said. “But we’re going to have our day to talk.”
Granger was acquired by the 76ers last Thursday in a trade from the Indiana Pacers.
Granger, 30, played in only 29 games for the Pacers this season because of a strained left calf.
He sat out most of last season, playing in only five early games because of left knee surgery.
But Granger, a one-time All-Star, has an average of 17.6 points on 45.3% shooting, 38.2% on three-pointers, over his nine-year career.
J.J. Redick is still out
J.J. Redick, out with bulging disk in his lower back, remains out with the injury.
He has been out 11/2 weeks.
The Clippers said when they announced the injury this month that Redick would be out indefinitely.
“Obviously, he’s not playing, so it’s not great yet,” Rivers said. “He’s getting better. But I just don’t know if the date they told you he’s coming back has changed or if he’s closer. I don’t know the answer.”
Glen Davis signs
Glen Davis signed a two-year deal with the Clippers. He has a player option for next season for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. He’ll earn a prorated version of that for the rest of the season, around $350,000.
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