Danny Granger, 76ers mull buyout

Updated: February 26, 2014, 10:26 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Newly acquired Danny Granger and the Philadelphia 76ers continue to discuss a possible buyout, according to sources close to the process.

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Ron Hoskins/Getty ImagesDanny Granger continues to weigh his options, including staying with the 76ers for the rest of the season, as the Saturday waiver deadline draws near.

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that a buyout consummated before Saturday's midnight deadline for Granger to be waived and remain eligible to appear in this season's playoffs with any team he subsequently signs for remains the most likely outcome.

But sources also said Granger continues to weigh other options, including staying with the 76ers for the rest of the season, as the deadline draws near.

Sources said Tuesday the San Antonio Spurs and Granger share a mutual interest if the former All-Star comes to a buyout agreement with the Sixers by the weekend.

It's believed the Los Angeles Clippers will be another leading suitor for Granger's services should he become an unrestricted free agent next week.

Yet there are risks for Granger in parting company with the rebuilding Sixers. Granger would forfeit his Larry Bird rights in that case and likewise strip Philadelphia of the ability to sign-and-trade him this summer, both of which could impact his earning power in free agency.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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