We found out earlier this week that small forward Danny Granger expects to return as a starter for the Indiana Pacers despite missing all but five games this season and the fact that the team did so well without him. Coach Frank Vogel didn’t rule that out, but he also only told reporters – including Zac Keefer of The Indianapolis Star – that Granger would “probably” return as a starter.
“Probably,” he said. “We gotta see how he returns. My anticipation is that he’s going to have a full recovery. I told him if he returns to full health and the ability that he’s exhibited throughout his career, then he’ll be the starter.”
However, Vogel has also challenged Lance Stephenson, who broke out this year in Granger’s absence, to not let this happen.
Competition is great for the Pacers, but it could result in the team looking to trade Granger or someone else to make room for his return. Again, too many good players is always a nice ‘problem’ to have, but it will be interesting to see how Indiana’s roster shakes up as the new season approaches.