NBA Trade Conjectures: Should the Celtics Deal Paul Pierce for Indiana Pacers Danny Granger?

May 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) attempts a three pointer against Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeated Indiana 101-93. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

A lot of people feel Paul Pierce should not be traded.  The fact remains, that after this year, there will likely be a shift towards the future, if the Celtics happen to fall short in their quest to yet another banner.

Using ESPN’s trade machine, one trade I feel could help that cause is the following:

Boston Trades:  Paul Pierce (and possibly a first rounder) + Sean Williams

Indiana Trades:  Danny Granger and Tyler “Psycho T” Hansbrough

The move would give the C’s a younger option, while the Pacers would gain the experience of Pierce, a proven closer and someone who could help put the Pacers over the hump.

The question, for the Pacers, is whether Pierce is an upgrade at this point or whether it is a lateral move for an older player, one that would shoot themselves in the foot as Pierce retires in a couple years.

The throw-ins in this trade aren’t really throw-ins at all.  Hansbrough would add some front court depth.

According to the Hollinger Analysis, the move increases the Pacers win total by two games, while hurting the Celtics:  They are projected to win four less games with Granger.

But is that accurate?  Would not the acquisition of Granger greatly aid the Celtics?  Wouldn’t adding a high volume three point shooter only make the C’s that much more dangerous?

The camp that says Pierce needs to and will retire a Celtic will object to dealing him away for a player like Granger, but Granger has already made the All-Star team once, and at age 29, he is in the heart of his prime.

The New Mexico product has averaged over 20 points per game the last four seasons, and in 2008-09, he put up 25.7 per game, while connecting on over 40 percent of his threes.  For his career, he is a 38.4 percent three point shooter, and that is better than Paul Pierce’s 36.9 percent, slightly anyway.  Pierce also doesn’t shoot the volume of threes Granger does.

Their stats are pretty similar, but Pierce is five years older and on the verge of retiring, while Granger should still have a few seasons of top-tier production left in the tank.

The first (or second) round pick thrown in would serve as good pot sweetener, so the Pacers didn’t feel as though they were completely sacrificing their future.  The pick would be in the mid to late first round, so it wouldn’t be sacrificing a high lottery pick.

Again, the main aspect to consider is whether the C’s want Pierce to retire in green & white, or whether they want to go a different direction and plan for the near-future.  Granger, Rajon Rondo, and Jeff Green could be the face of the franchise moving forward, if this move were consummated.  Granger and Green play the same position, but Green can play power forward, too, and Granger has the athleticism to fill in at power forward, too.

Granger has been the face of the Pacers, but with the emergence of Paul George, his presence on the roster is a redundancy.  Moreover, when Pierce retires, it would give the Pacers the cap flexibility to replace The Truth with a younger option, and all is well in Indy.  It’s a strange move, to be sure, but I feel it would benefit both teams, and isn’t that outlandish at all.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers, NBA Trades, Paul Pierce

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  • Jason

    Wow please stop writing. Shelden Williams hasnt been a celtic for over 2 years. That guy sucked. And danny granger is a punk with a horrible attitude, completely overrated. Only made the all-star team because he was the best player on the #3 seed in the east.

    • Jason

      I meant almost made the all-star team*

    • Brett david roberts

      His contract is still tradeable.

    • Brett David Roberts

      ESPN trade machine still shows his contract as tradeable. my apologies. I knew he didn’t play a game for the C’s last year, but when I went to the trade machine, he’s still under contract for the celtics.

    • Brett David Roberts

      My apologies. I see it is SEAN Williams. I thought it was Shelden’s contract. I should have double checked all that before posting. I’m sorry, again.

    • Roger Doger

      Actually, no. Danny did not make the all-star team because he was the best player on the #3 seed in the East. That was last year. Danny did not make the All-Star team last year. Hibbert did. Danny made the All-Star team several years ago when the Pacers supporting cast was not as good.

  • Pacer fan

    Sheldon Williams is playing in France and hasn’t been on the Celtics since the 2009-2010 season. As a Pacer fan I don’t see this trade from our side at all. There was talk of Rondo/Granger swap last year that didn’t come to fruition obviously.

    • Brett David Roberts

      He’s still under contract.

      • Brett David Roberts

        I removed him from the trade though, because I’m not sure they can trade a player just because he is on the payroll. I am guessing they can, because the trade machine allows it.

        • Pacer fan

          You do realize that Shelden Williams has been on the Nuggets, Knicks, and Nets since playing for the Celtics. If you are looking at the ESPN trade machine then you are looking at Sean Williams…

          • Brett David Roberts

            I linked it…the trade. I’m sorry if I made a mistake, but it shows him still as tradeable.

          • Brett David Roberts

            Oh, goodness, it is Sean Williams. I’m going to edit it, thank you for the correction

  • http://twitter.com/hellopeter23 Peter Park

    As a Celtic fan, I hate this trade. Pierce is a million times better and more clutch than Danny Granger even at 34 years old. I hate Danny Granger. He’s a fake tough guy (see: 2012 ECSF) and his production has decreased for 3 years in a row. Pierce is better. Danny would misrepresent what a Celtic is.

  • pfft

    Sean Williams went to Houston as part of the Courtney Lee deal.

    “On July 20, 2012, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three team deal. He was waived by the Rockets on August 29, 2012.”

  • Brian

    Um. Why would the Pacers do this? If they’re gonna trade Granger, why not go for someone MUCH younger? Then give up Hansbrough for Sean Williams? The Pacers are looking to go younger, not older.