(NEW YORK) — In the biggest and perhaps most surprising move of NBA trade deadline day, the Indiana Pacers shipped former All-Star Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-player deal.
The 76ers received a 2015 second-round pick to go along with Granger, who has missed 100 games over the past two seasons dealing with knee and leg injuries. He struggled for the Pacers this season, averaging just 8.3 points and shooting 36 percent from the field in 29 games.
Indiana received guard Evan Turner and big man Lavoy Allen from the 76ers. The trade lowers the Pacers’ payroll by several million dollars and gives them a deeper bench as they prepare for a playoff run.
“We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench,” Pacers president of basketball eperations Larry Bird said in a statement. “In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring.”
Turner was averaging a career-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the struggling 76ers. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Allen was averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 51 games for the Sixers, making two starts.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN