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Danny Granger almost didn't sign with Heat after LeBron's departure

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LeBron James' departure from the Miami Heat sent shockwaves through the entire league, some which were felt by then Clippers' forward Danny Granger. As a result, Danny Granger almost elected to turn down Miami's offer.

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In early July, it was reported that the Miami Heat were planning on signing then L.A. Clippers forward Danny Granger to a two-year, $4.2 million dollar deal.

The initial plan was that he would accompany Josh McRoberts to Miami to aid LeBron James and the Heat in another title quest. That plan was of course derailed when LeBron elected to return home, and re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers. This left McRoberts and Granger unsigned, but committed verbally to join the Heat.

While McRoberts didn't budge in his commitment it's been revealed in an interview with the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, that Granger wavered and almost reconsidered signing, saying:

He spoke to several teams, including Indiana, after James signed with Cleveland, "but still came to the conclusion this would be the best place for me. Trying to come back to where I was, it gives me the opportunity to play more with him not being here, so it was a good place for me either way. [And] it’s Miami. We have a dock behind our house, can go fishing with my son."

Granger, who changed his jersey number from 33 to 22 because Alonzo Mourning’s 33 jersey is retired, said he gained respect for the Heat as a member of the Indiana Pacers during contentious playoff battles.

It's natural for a professional athlete to reconsider his business decisions after a major event has occurred, but I'm certainly glad he elected to remain committed to his agreement. Despite undergoing another knee surgery during the off-season Granger will likely be a huge contributor to the Miami Heat this season both on the floor and in the locker room.

Hopefully we'll get a positive glimpse of Granger in Miami's upcoming "Red, White & Pink" scrimmage.