INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Emotions were running high at Pacers practice on Friday afternoon as the team spoke out about the Danny Granger trade for the first time.
“It hurts, but we gotta move forward, you know. Danny’s going onto the next part of his career, and all of us gotta go on the next part of our career,” said Pacers forward Paul George. “This is something that’ll linger for today.”
Granger stopped by Bankers Life Fieldhouse toward the end of practice to say his goodbyes to his teammates and the front office, before he left for his new home in Philadelphia. Granger spent nine seasons with the Blue and Gold and has been a key part of the Pacers’ rise in recent years.
“I probably would not be not the coach of this team if not for Danny Granger,” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. “I take over on an interim basis, and I thanked him yesterday, and I want to thank him publicly for being my biggest supporter. When I’m the interim coach here trying to turn that team around back then, and obviously trying to earn the job, to have your best player be your strongest supporter is something I’ll always be grateful for.”
Granger is also a big part of why Paul George is a Pacer. He’s the one who recommended the young star out of Fresno State to Pacers president Larry Bird during draft time.
“He’s helped me so far along this way, and he’s been my biggest supporter,” said George. “Someone who’s always been in my corner, even in the moment when I had to step up when he went down. He was constantly trying to get better and improve and help this team win. This is a very emotional day for me.”
The Pacers’ newest additions Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen are expected to arrive in Indianapolis for the team’s practice on Sunday.