NBA free agent-to-be Danny Granger is scheduled to have phone conversations with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Granger and the Philadelphia 76ers reached an agreement on a contract buyout Wednesday clearing the way for him to become a free agent. The 2009 NBA All-Star will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday assuming he clears waivers as expected. All the teams interested in the nine-year veteran small forward are projected playoff teams looking for an added veteran boost off the bench.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Clippers are the frontrunner to land Granger, who joins Caron Butler as two coveted free-agent forwards available. Additionally, Los Angeles signed free-agent forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis to a contract for the remainder of the season last Sunday.
Philadelphia acquired Granger and a future second-round pick from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Evan Turner and center Lavoy Allen on Feb. 20. Granger, who has only played for the Pacers, was in the final year of his contract paying $14 million this season. The 30-year-old averaged 25.8 points per game during the 2008-09 season, but averaged 8.3 points in 22 minutes per game this season after returning from a calf and knee injury.