League executives believe the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are the top contenders to sign Danny Granger after he's bought out of his contract according to Jake Fischer, Boston Globe correspondent.
Granger, slated to make $14 million this year, is in the final year of his deal. Miami has $3.1 million of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, while the Spurs have $650,000 remaining (hat-tip Dan McCarney).
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Granger's forthcoming buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers isn't a done deal. The 76ers could keep him for a sign-and-trade in the offseason, and Granger would lose his "Bird Rights" if he is bought out.
Granger missed 77 games with a knee injury last year, and he returned this year on Dec. 20, after he strained his calf. Prior to his injuries, Granger led the Pacers in scoring for five consecutive seasons.
The maturation of Paul George and Lance Stephenson made Granger, an aging forward playing limited minutes, expendable in a trade. The Pacers received Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in return for Granger and a second-round pick.
Granger, a one-time All-Star and 2008-09 Most Improved Player of the Year, was averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 35.9 percent shooting in 22.3 minutes per game. Granger's 10.4 PER is the lowest of his career, excluding last season's five-game stint.
Shannon Brown's 10-day contract expires tomorrow, opening up a spot for a buyout candidate. The Spurs are also reportedly interested
in Glen Davis, who was bought out by the Orlando Magic.