Source: Pacers send Granger to 76ers for Turner
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more, bold move before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana agreed to a trade that will send Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal was still pending league approval.
If the deal goes through, as expected, the Pacers would get two more young forwards — players who could help them dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title.
The rebuilding 76ers, meanwhile, are getting an injury-prone 30-year-old forward, his expiring contract and another pick in a draft many believe will be rife with talent.
The trade also could help teams on both ends of the NBA’s spectrum.
Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month — Bynum, Turner and Allen — in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami.
Bobcats obtain Ridnour, Neal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats are trying to bolster their 3-point shooting for the playoff stretch run.
The Bobcats acquired guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien just hours before the NBA trade deadline Thursday.
Neal, a career 43 percent 3-point shooter, should help a team that lacks a true shooting guard. Session was a valuable backup point guard for Charlotte but Ridnour should help to fill that void.
Two sentenced for attacking fan
LOS ANGELES — An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.
Judge George Lomeli also called out defendant Louis Sanchez for smirking during the hearing on the 2011 beating that left 45-year-old victim Bryan Stow brain damaged and permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care.
“You are the biggest nightmare for people who attend public events,” Lomeli said as he faced Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood across a courtroom crowded with media and members of Stow’s family who wept and denounced the two men.
Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said Norwood could be released immediately. However, they still face federal weapons possession charges that could send them to federal prison for another 10 years.