In a wide-ranging Q&A with "Dime" Pacers forward Danny Granger said that his six-month rehab process puts him back to recovery on October 5th and that he anticipates playing in the preseason.

Dime: There's been a lot of discussion about your role with the team after Lance Stephenson played so well in your absence. Do you think you're better in a starter's role or can you contribute off the bench as well?

DG: That's the last thing on my mind. My only focus right now is pretty much getting back on the court. I can worry about the rest later.

Dime: Are you restricted at all in the stuff you can do or are you full-on right now?

DG: I'm still in the middle of my rehab. I'm in a six month rehab; I won't be six months out until October 5th…so I'm progressing to playing — I'm playing now but I'm progressing on schedule and I'm still in the midst of my rehab.

Dime: How do you get the reps in or get ready for training camp if you can't go all out?

DG: Well you go out you're playing all out and you're going all out it's just a matter of — you only can do what your body allows you to do at that time. That's basically what your injury prevents you from doing. We have doctors and trainers that know the loads you're able to handle so you're playing up to that load. So it's a progression: you start low and then you try and go higher and higher.

Dime: So you're playing all out but you're not where you want to be when you're playing?

DG: Playing is a part of the rehab so no you wouldn't be 100 percent. Even someone let's say Derrick Rose who had an ACL he can play all out but that doesn't mean he's playing at 100 percent.