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Evan Turner says ‘Hinkie is not my GM’ after failing to receive a contract extension from Sixers

Nov 2, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Evan Turner is one of three players remaining on the rebuilding Sixers roster who are talented enough to have some trade value on the open market.

Along with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, it’s even likely that if an offer of young assets or future draft picks should come along, one or all three players could be dealt before the midseason trade deadline is upon us.

Turner certainly sounded like someone who wants out, after failing to receive a contract extension from Philadelphia before Thursday’s deadline.

From Jason Wolf of USA Today:

“[First-year 76ers general manager Sam] Hinkie is not my GM. He doesn’t owe me anything,” Turner said Friday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. “… We’re going in different directions and everything like that.” …

Turner previously said he expected to be traded during the offseason after the Sixers dealt All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie center Nerlens Noel and a first-round draft pick in 2014. He remains unsure if he’ll last the season in Philadelphia, let alone return next season.

“I really don’t know, to tell you the truth,” Turner said. “[Hinkie] just traded Jrue, and Jrue is like a walking legend, you know what I’m saying? Even Wilt Chamberlain got traded, right?”

Turner may be losing it a bit here, considering he just compared Jrue Holiday to Wilt Chamberlain.

All kidding aside, Turner will remain a Sixer as long as the organization wants him to. Philadelphia can make him a restricted free agent next summer, and match any offer he may receive from another team.

If Turner doesn’t believe he has a future with his current team, all he can do is play well enough to drive the price of his next contract up, to the point where the Sixers won’t feel like it’s worth it to match. Turner didn’t let his contract situation bother him Friday, finishing with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in Philadelphia’s win over the Wizards.

  1. JMClarkent - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    That headline was a wee-bit deceptive…

  2. kb2408 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Yeah, Philly can match any offer he might get but that also could backfire on them. A team could put the proverbial “poison pill” in an offer for ET and make Philly do something they may not want to do. ET is having a nice start to his season. If he continues playing well, I know a certain marquee franchise with lots of money next season that will be looking for good young players. I’ll give you a hint: PURPLE AND GOLD.

    • travisatisu - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      No they can’t. That’s not what a poison pill contract is, you mean an Arenas Rule contract. and either way Turner can’t be signed to one.

      • kb2408 - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        No, I know exactly what I meant.

      • mytthor - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        He’s not talking about the NBA collective bargaining agreement “poison pill provision” rule, he’s just using the figure of speech “poison pill.”

        If the Lakers sign Evan Turner next summer, that’s going to be about plan “L” for them (as opposed to plan A, B, etc.)

    • kb2408 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      @mythor….Thanks for explaining that to him for me, I just didn’t have the energy to do it myself. As for your other point, let’s just see how ET looks at the end of the season. Plenty of players have struggled in the early part of their careers before turning it around (Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton). ET has the skills. It may not happen but it’s just something I threw out there. But mark my word, whether it’s ET or someone else, the LAKERS will find their next star. They always do. From Mikan to Elgin to Jerry to KAJ to Magic to Worthy to Shaq to Kobe. So what, Plan A didn’t work. The future for the LAKERS is as bright as the California sun, my friend. I’d rather struggle for a few seasons than hand the franchise over to a player that didn’t have the intestinal fortitute to lead us to the promised land anyway.

      • scotteharris - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Evan Turner isn’t going to be anyone’s next star

      • kb2408 - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        I know it’s only two games but he sure looks like a star thus far. Maybe once (if) he gets out of Philly his game will blossom.

  3. drewzducks - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Hinkie’s not his binkie ?

  4. iheartharvin - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Did anyone else see Corey Brewer shut down Durant as the Wolves pounded the Thunder? Why isn’t that being covered? Evan Turner? N please.

  5. rjmarrella - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Come out the gates with you wins and everybody wants to be traded. Let’s go back to tanking

  6. 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Seriously they should just keep Turner, Young, and Hawes. Those are all good pieces for depth and even though they are a surprising 2-0, it’s not like those 3 guys are going to keep them from getting a top 3 worst overall record anyways. Plus you don’t want to have the absolute worst record, that team never wins the lottey. Plus with MCW and at least by next year Noel, combined with 2 lottery picks, they can be in the mix right away as opposed to having to wait 2, 3/4 years. They’d already have the pieces in place. It’s not like those guys are old.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Going all super young is sooo overrated. I swear.

  7. doctorart2013 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Turner clearly has no idea what he’s saying. Hinkie is the 76ers GM which makes him Turner’s GM too. Ed Stefanski drafted Turner and screwed up and should have taken Demarcus Cousins, Turner will probably get moved before the trade deadline as he keeps chirping.

    • The Mayor - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Evan Turner didn’t hire Hinkie and sign his contract. If Turner had his choice, he would have hired a different GM because Hinkie traded his buddy Jrue Holiday away.

      Hinkie didn’t draft Evan Turner either, and is unwilling to sign him to an extension. Hinkie is just forced to sign the paychecks on the guaranteed contract that was put in place before he got there.

      Turner is not Hinkie’s player, Hinkie is not Turner’s GM.

  8. northstarnic - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Punk. Kid needs to shut up and show his boss a little respect/gratitude for employing him in a very enviable job.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      He also said he wasn’t the GM who drafted him and the GM owes him nothing. ET has a point.

    • The Mayor - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      The contract was put in place and guaranteed before Hinkie was hired by the Sixers. Hinkie has no option other than honoring the contract.

  9. thomaskouns - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    He’s put up 2 games worth of good numbers in the first two games of his contract year.

    Hell yeah I’d be skeptical…..

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Someone call for a waaaaambulace, his feelings are hurt.

  11. psubeerman21 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    It’s pretty simple: he is the #1 option on a bad team, so he is going to see an increase in all his stats across the board. Unknown idiot team sees he is averaging 20/8/5, and decides to part with a draft pick in hopes he can continue his production. Unfortunatly he can’t, because unless he is in this specific situation, he isn’t good enough to put up those numbers. He has a place in the NBA, perhaps as a 6th man, but he is not going to be worth whatever unknown idiot team gives up for him.

    • psubeerman21 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      And the same goes for Thad Young and Hawes. All average players putting up better numbers because they are touching the ball more. Also will be moved for picks.

  12. adamsjohn714 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Did he seriously say Jrue was a walking legend? And then put him in the same sentence as WILT Chamberlain?

    The only thing Jrue was known for was turning the ball over. Trading him was smart.

    • realfootballfan - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Yea, I stopped reading it after that quote.

    • robbygaynor - Nov 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Jrue never turned the ball over. That is not the reason the 76ers traded him. That is also not smart. My guess is that Sam Hinkie wants his own players. Any veteran that is on the team he didn’t draft will not be given an extension. He traded away Jrue because he wanted a different player who is as good as Jrue was. And Noel is the top choice.

      • Kurt Helin - Nov 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Holiday had turnover issues as a rookie (a lot of rookies do) but after that was good at taking care of the ball.

  13. urodaddy07 - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Why do you assume they will be a bad team? Let’s see how they play first huh.

  14. zzztknk - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Evan Turner and MCW are the best back-court in the league right now. Forget Wiggins – Keep winning!

    If Turner and MCW keep playing like they have the past 3 games, Hinkie will pay them! Philly basketball is one of the most exciting in the league right now!

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