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Report: Philadelphia testing market for Evan Turner

Feb 9, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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The idea was to pair Evan Turner on the wing with Jrue Holiday at the point, then put Andrew Bynum in the paint and suddenly you have the beginnings of a pretty good team in the East.

And maybe that still works out, we have yet to see Andrew Bynum on the court and how that impacts all things Philadelphia.

But in his third season Turner has turned out to be a nice but not franchise foundation kind of guy. Not what was hoped for with the No. 2 overall pick. He’s a good playmaker, his three point shooting is above 40 percent this season, he’s had some big games, but in general he’s solid but not spectacular.

So the Sixers are testing his market value, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Sixers, sources say, are open to a shakeup as they continue to wait for the return of Andrew Bynum to give All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday some badly needed help. And I’m told Philly, as such, is shopping (or at least making calls to gauge the value of) swingman Evan Turner.

I think this is more about gauging value than it is anything else. And frankly, teams test the market value of pretty much every player but the untouchables over the course of a year.

Of course, if a deal they loved came their way they’d move, but more likely this is just some long-term thinking. You can’t judge what kind of team the Sixers will be with Bynum until they actually have Bynum playing, but it is good to know your options.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Philly is dumb if they are ready to give up on Turner after only 2 and a half seasons. Im no Philly fan but this kid has played well, is very likeable, handled the Point well when Jrue was injured. I imagine there will be a long line of teams willing to see how his 4th season plays out.

    • cmehustle - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I think he said theyre just testing his market value. Nothing at all wrong with that.

  2. mungman69 - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Turner is going through a tuff stretch right now but the Sixers shouldn’t give up on him.

  3. reasonablemindsays - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Yes yes yes!!!!!! Get this cancer off the team!!!! Ive always said he has the personality of kobe bryant but the talent of corey maggette. Turner simply isnt very good right now. Could he be a good player in the future? Yes, i think so. But hes still well below average defensively and a turnover machine on offense. But its the right move to trade him now when his value is at its highest.

    • kclanton80 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Turner is by no means a cancer. He has pretty much kept his mouth shut all while being sat on the bench behind the likes of joadie meeks and no being played out of position. He is struggling because he has no business playing small fwd when his value is as a point guard. Philadelphia teams love drafting players and thinking that they will just change their position and make them into something they are not. Evan is not to blame for this poorly constructed mess of a team.

    • sasquash20 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Wow some body else actually watches Sixers games. Turner is an average player at best. He is a poor mans Iggy. Doesn’t shoot good enough to be a 2, he doesn’t play defense good enough to guard most 3s, and his handle on the ball would kill you at the 1. Oh and he needs the ball in his hand to make anything happen. Trade him now!!! Should have drafted Cousins (I know he is a head case, but by talent alone the best player in that draft and it isn’t even close) or Favors.

    • reasonablemindsays - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      You hit the nail on the head, sasquash. The problem with Turner is that he isn’t good enough to be a 1, 2, or 3 in the NBA. He has certain weaknesses that weren’t exposed at the college level but are exposed on a nightly basis in the NBA. I still think he could be a solid player as he gets better, but I would much rather have someone like Derrick Favors right now (the man Doug Collins wanted to draft instead of Turner).

  4. 76ers4life - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I’m say sixer fan and once again there talking crazy ,everybody they trade plays better elsewhere ,give E.T time for one 2nd Philly never gives there rookies time to play so how can they get better just by watching .right now every PG that backs up Jure maybe will get you about 5 points if that!!! I say go get A.I for nothing let him give some kind points off the bench cause teams will let Ivy shoot all he wants but A.I will draw some attention

    • HitsDingers - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Are you drunk, Mr. Hurley?

      • tajatt17 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Or on crack!!!

  5. phillynac - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Doug Collins and Evan Turner don’t see eye to eye. Also Turner needs to dominate the ball to score. He is not a catch and shoot type of player. He will never be able to play with the ball in his hands with Jrue Holliday on the same team. He probably could be a really good player on the right team but this isn’t that team.

  6. kclanton80 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    His value isn’t very High right now but at some point I expect for the Sixers to move him or he will leave. His stunted growth is largely the fault of the Sixers who have either sat him on the bench or played him out of position his whole career. Evan is a point guard plain and simple. Playing him at the three because the team is poorly constructed is foolish. It’s so difficult being a Sixers fan when they just make bad decision after bad decision. They don’t evaluate talent well and Doug collins has no patience for young players.

  7. myoung10 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Get him outa Philly he’s not gonna do anything for the
    Team I’m not saying he want be a average or a little
    Above average player but he’s not doing anything for
    Philly so by by turner😜

  8. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’ve been a Sixers fan since Day 1…and I’m ready to give Turner the boot. He doesn’t exemplify what Philly is…he’s a childish whiner, and a pathetic excuse for a 2nd overall pick in a draft(Why couldnt we have won the lottery pick the year Durant came out?).

    I have some friends that work in the Sixers organization, one if which actually has considerable contact with the players, and from what I heard, Turner was being consistently tortured by his teammates in Philadelphia in his early days.

  9. sasquash20 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Turner and Hawes for big AL Jefferson or Millisap. I say keep Jrue Holiday and blow the rest of the team completely up.

  10. themagicfanguy - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    JJ Redick…? Philly wants an off-ball shooter right? Evan Turner would be a good fit in ORL. Heck, he could play PG since Jameer has declined. Has talent and potential, and would fill a need. He’s be able to have the ball as much as he could handle. You guys get a great off-ball player in Redick, who can also play decent team defense, and who can be effective as a starter or of the bench, not to mention his recently improved pass ability.

  11. sasquash20 - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Just in case any Sixers front office people read this-Pull your heads out of your butts. Let Bynum go. Trade Turner, Hawes, and basically everyone but 22 year old J.Holiday. Hopefully when trading guys away you can get 2 1st rd picks to replace the ones you still owe Miami and Orlando. Oh and fire everyone who has been with the team the last 29 years. You have not done anything right in about that amount of time. Start sucking to get some high lotto picks. Then take the exact opposite of the player you think you should take because your wrong. You always are wrong. Then build a good core of young guys and be patient. Oh and please if a 6-10 – 7 foot true freshman is there and has talent take him over the tweener G/F with marginal talent. I love the sixers but I hate everyone associated with the team except J.Holiday

    • tajatt17 - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Do you even know what the hell you grumbbling about?

  12. evolrider - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Turner and Young for Favors and Raja Bell. Huge Turner fan but this coach has no idea how to use him and pairing up Jrue and Favors could hook up well for the future. Starting to hope bynum doesnt come back at all and the free fall continues until the draft

  13. tajatt17 - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Doug Collings is a cancer to good players. He shuffle players in and out of the line up like a deck of card. And he dont know how to match up. He make good players bad, that why he never coached a team more than 3 or 4 years. He had Jordan and couldnt coach him. Im tried of Doug! Can we trade the coach?

  14. somekat - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I wouldn’t be thrilled with it. As I think a lot of ET’s problems will get fixed if Bynum is in the lineup, and he gets less attention. But he hasn’t played well enough this year, with plenty of time, for me to be up in arms about them gauging his value.

    The Sixers put all their eggs in Bynum’s basket. As a long time sixers fan, I’d take that gamble again every day of the week. However, if they are getting to the point where they don’t think he can come back, or they don’t feel comfortable giving him the contract he is going to demand, then they have to start to dismantle what they have and get pieces back to build around Holiday.

  15. joecooler2u - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Only bad things about Turner is he is streaky. He’ll go 4-5 games scoring anywhere from 2-8 points and then bust out with a 20 point game out of nowhere. His recent struggles prove that. Before that he was on a 4-5 game stretch where he averaged 20ppg or so. As long as he’s a Sixer I will pull for him to do his best. Sometimes Turner loses confidence or as DC said it seems like he is hard on himself. He needs to be aggressive and stay aggressive. Bad games will happen to any player but the good games will come as long as you aren’t too passive. He shares the ball and rebounds very well for a SF and has to be among league leaders at his position for assists and rebounds. It’s his scoring that worries me. Jrue often ignores him even when wide-open so Turner has to get his own off of rebounds and pushing the ball up-court. I would like to see DC make an effort to tell Jrue to get ET involved as it is key to the Sixers winning over the longhaul. Adding Pargo recently to a 10 day contract was a sweet move. His first game as a 76er he was the difference between a win and a loss adding double figure scoring and 6 assists (2nd to All-Star Jrue’s 7 assists) in around 30 minutes with Swaggy P not really showing up for the game. I’m not all-in on trading Turner as his value next season goes up as his contract nears it’s end and he could bring more in return as a higher paid player. If they do trade Turner I hope they do it like they did with Iguodala by pushing him to score and bring up his stats so he can bring in a bigtime player.

    If Bynum had been playing this season there would be no bad-mouthing that trade or talk about how good Vucevic is (yeah he’s good, not great.) Remember Vucevic’s stats are on a very bad team so bad they make the 76ers look like Finals contenders at this point. I can’t wait until Bynum does come back and play and can shut up fans who only live for the short-term what-have-you-done-for-me-lately attitude. Bynum is no Jeff Ruland like Philly fans say he is. The guy got legit knee problems and is working hard to come back from them. It sucks as much for him as it does for us that he’s out. It could affect how much he gets paid on his next big contract in the summer so all the conspiracy theories are laughable.

    I do think DC messed with Turner’s head before this season and even during this season. He needs to make an effort to have the ball in ET’s hands more whether Jrue is in the game or not and Jrue would benefit by playing off-the-ball more as he is a natural scorer. Sixers are lame and predictable when Jrue dominates the ball too much but maybe with ET and Pargo here they can mix it up more and switch Jrue to SG at times when Swaggy P, Wright and ET struggle from the field. I would hate to lose ET to another team unless properly compensated. He could and should be a future all-star with his stats. He’s basically putting up the same numbers Iguodala did last season as an All-Star except his defense isn’t near as good as Iguodala’s. Still he is young and his game is bound to get better as it isn’t based on athleticism but the mental aspect of his game still needs to come to ET like it did for Jrue this year….

  16. joecooler2u - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    It took them years to trade Iguodala after trade talk with him every summer and deadline but Turner’s value will be at it’s highest near the end of his contract (is that next season or the season after?) as an expiring contract is adds the luxury of a team trying him out and if he doesn’t work they can trade him, sign & trade or let him walk and keep the salary cap space.

  17. phillies816 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    LOL Didn’t see this one coming :) The only player worth a damn on the Sixers is Jrue Holiday. The organization is pathetic from top to bottom and has been for years. Some guy just paid 72 cents total for an entire row of tickets at the Sixers game and still overpaid in my opinion. Unfortunately the Sixers will probably never realize that the best move is to actually completely start over. Trade EVERYONE you can and just suck to the point they miss the playoffs for a few years in a row for the higher draft picks. Is it really going to kill attendance? No one goes as it is. The college teams in town draw bigger crowds regularly. This making the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed and getting a mid 1st round pick continuously has not and will not work. Then again they screwed up the second pick too by drafting Evan Turner. I am by no means a big Sixers fan but for the ones that are out there I hope this organization gets it act together.

  18. bigherm74 - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Maybe they can move him to minny for Derrick Williams another #2 pick who hasn’t lived up to the billing yet? Would seem to be a win win for both?

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