LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danny Granger was all set to make his debut with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night before coach Doc Rivers accidentally left his new acquisition's name off his list of active players.
It was a classic Clippers moment, but Granger is here because the longtime Indiana Pacers star is confident his new franchise's truly star-crossed days are in the past.
"The point I'm at now, coming to this team, whatever role Doc sees fit for me is the role that I would do," Granger said. "I'm not one of those players that says, 'I have to do this, or I have to do that.' I just want to play, have fun, shoot some 3s, throw some lobs, go celebrate."
A day after formally joining the Clippers, the former All-Star planned to be in uniform when Los Angeles hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Granger went through warmups at Staples Center before being informed he wasn't eligible.
Granger might not have played anyway, but Rivers is thinking about the best ways to use the versatile scorer joining his first new team after 8½ seasons in Indiana.
Rivers said Granger would "ideally" be a starter for the Clippers because of his height and the flexibility to bring Matt Barnes off the bench as an energetic scorer. Rivers also likes Granger's familiarity with most of Los Angeles' defensive concepts, which are similar to the Pacers' ideas.
"The whole key is how quickly we can get him acclimated, how quickly we can figure out what he does well," Rivers said. "And he's still coming back from the injury, so even though he's back, he still needs more time and minutes."
Granger said he isn't worried about his role, albeit while noting he has "always been a starter in my career."
After the Pacers traded him to Philadelphia and the 76ers bought out his contract earlier this week, Granger entertained offers from several teams before choosing Rivers, Chris Paul and the high-flying Pacific Division leaders for the rest of the season.