Sixers complete buyout of Granger
The Philadelphia 76ers announced the buyout of Danny Granger on Wednesday that will allow the veteran forward to sign with another team and be eligible for the postseason.
The move comes after the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers traded Granger to the 76ers last week for forwards Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. The Sixers also received a future second-round pick.
Granger, 30, has been hampered by injuries recently. He missed most of last season after undergoing knee surgery, and has played in only 29 games this season because of a calf injury. He returned to action on Dec. 20 and averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds this season for the Pacers.
Granger will now choose between elite playoff teams looking to add another key player. Granger is expected to make his decision once he clears waivers Friday.
NBA.com reported five teams are on Granger's radar: the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. ESPN reported the Clippers and Spurs lead the pack, and Yahoo Sports reported the Clippers have the edge right now. The Chicago Tribune also reported the Bulls are among the teams chasing Granger.
Granger made his lone All-Star appearance in 2009, the year he finished fifth in the league in scoring at 25.8 per game. In Granger's last full season, 2011-12, he averaged 18.7 points and five rebounds.
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With veteran forward Nene expected to be out four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Washington Wizards signed forward Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract to help offset the loss.
The 6-foot-10 Gooden last played in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 games.
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New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton practiced on Wednesday and will play in Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat after his court appearance Tuesday on gun charges.
Felton was charged with a third-degree count of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. Both are considered felonies in New York.
Contrary to reports on Tuesday that indicated Felton's wife was allegedly threatened with a gun, no domestic charges were announced during Felton's court appearance.
Bail was set at $25,000 and includes no travel restrictions, but he was issued a six-month protection order from his wife. Felton is scheduled to appear in court again on June 2.
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The Memphis Grizzlies sent guard Jamaal Franklin to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Development League for the third time this season.
The 6-foot-5 Franklin, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, has appeared in 19 games with the Grizzlies this season and is averaging 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds.
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The Sacramento Kings signed guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract and also appear close to adding forward Royce White.
The Kings announced the addition of Johnson, who was averaging 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds before the Indiana Pacers waived him on Feb. 20. The third-year pro, who was picked by the Kings in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft and then traded to the Pacers, has career averages of 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds.
The Houston Chronicle reported that White, the No. 16 overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 draft, worked out with the Kings and was likely to sign a 10-day contract.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)