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Monday, February 24, 2014

Brett Brown: Sixers, Danny Granger "just trying to sort out what's going to be best"

Danny Granger’s status with the 76ers remains unclear, though it sounds like both sides are working toward a buyout arrangement.

For the time being, Granger is not with the team. He was not at Wells Fargo Center for Monday’s game against Milwaukee, Sixers coach Brett Brown said, and there was no locker room stall arranged for him.

“He's in the city of Philadelphia. Go find him,” Brown said. “He's got a fake wig and sunglasses on.”

Granger finished his physical Sunday, after which he met with Brown. He also sat down with Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie sometime over the weekend, Brown said.

Acquired from Indiana at the Feb. 20 trade deadline, Granger does not seem to have any interest in playing for the Sixers. If he seeks a buyout of the remainder of his contract, it’d be for roughly $4 million. Brown insists that “there’s still more going on with the discussions,” however.

“He most definitely wants to play basketball this year,” Brown said of Granger. “The obvious stuff is assessing his goals at this stage of his career. He’s a player and he wants to play. Just trying to sort out what’s going to be best for both parties has yet to be determined.”

But Granger and the Sixers are at a critical juncture: If the ninth-year forward is looking to be on a team’s playoff roster, he has to be signed by March 1. That would make Thursday or Friday of this week the cutoff for both he and the Sixers to reach an agreement on Granger parting ways.

More on this in Tuesday’s Daily Times.

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