Last week some time, several citizens here were discussing a possible trade for Danny Granger. To entice Indiana, we considered offering EJ, this year's #8 pick, and/or the Minni pick. Suffice it to say, most of us thought that offering all three pieces was too much. On the other hand, it isn't clear whether just two of those three (both picks or one pick and EJ) would be enough for the Pacers. So we didn't really reach a consensus. Most of us agreed, though, that the general idea is a good one (I believe it was Clipper Chuck's brainchild), and I for one am still thinking about it.
Last night, another variation popped into my head: We could offer the same three pieces as above, but in return we'd get Granger and their 10th pick. My thought is that is that we might have less trouble obtaining a shooting guard via free agency, and we could also select a shooting guard, Xavier Henry or Paul George, with the 10th pick. We'd have to be patient with either one of those guys, but they both can shoot, and they're both bigger than EJ. You have to admit, too, that Granger and Griffin would be a sweet front court.
Why would Indiana do it? They'd be getting their native son back to play the 2, they'd be dropping a significant amount of salary, plus they'd get to move ahead of Utah in the draft. They may very well be interested in Luke Babbitt, for instance. Or, if Monroe happened to fall to the 8th spot, that could really seal the deal. Chad Ford is predicting that Indiana will take Ed Davis with the 10th, but there's really no assurance that Utah won't take him first, especially if we go for Babbitt ourselves. Wouldn't Indy rather just move up and get their pick of the litter? Meanwhile, they still have Dunleavy to play the 3, and of course there's also that Minni pick...
Another nice aspect of this proposal is that we can wait on the draft results before we pull the trigger. If Aminu happens to fall to us, then maybe we just hold on to him. But if Aminu goes earlier, then we're looking at a stretch with our 8th pick, so maybe we'd rather have the 10th pick anyway.