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Report: Sixers considering trading Evan Turner

Dec 13, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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Evan Turner leads the Philadelphia 76ers in scoring this season — he’s still not a great shooter but he has a couple spots he can get to on the floor (along the baselines in the midrange) where he is solid, plus he is finishing better inside. He’s really a solid rotation player on most teams, just with the talent level in Philly he has to do more.

He’s in the last year of his contract and is putting up 20.3 points a game — he’s a guy looking to get paid next summer.

The Sixers are not sold they want to be the ones writing those checks, so they are testing the trade market, reports Jared Zwerling at Bleacher Report:

Two sources said the 76ers are worried about next summer’s contract demands of Evan Turner—who’s averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game—and they might want to find cheaper talent this season through a trade. Their target should be, according to one source, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters.

“They would trade Evan Turner for him in a heartbeat,” the source said. “Philly is starting over. Waiters works because he’s a second-year player on the rookie scale and under team control.”

I’m not sure Turner is going to find the market as lucrative as he thinks, but if the Sixers don’t plan to bring him back and they can get something for him now, why not go for it?

The Sixers appear to have found one building block for the future in Michael Carter-Williams (he’s still got to develop but is off to a great start) if Turner is not part of that future better to look for a piece that could be. Not sure Waiters is the answer, but he is affordable.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    What is Cleveland waiting for ???? Make it happen already .

    • bjornreyes - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      Exactly. I remember reading here that they wanted to trade Waiters for Turner. Here’s their chance.

  2. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Do it cavs

  3. twpguy1964 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Do it 76ers. This guy will never get more value then now! Get something of value, and someone thats not a whiner

  4. misremembered72 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    As a sixers fan with how well ET has done this season excluding the last couple games, I thought we’d be able to get at least a little more than just Dion Waiters straight up

  5. jheds10 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I say Raptors should do it, because John Salmons isn’t really a starting caliber player, if we were to trade Kyle Lowry, I would trade him for Evan Turner, and throw in a couple of future draft picks since we are going for Andrew Wiggins, and if the Raptors were to draft him, play Evan Turner at PG or 6th man because Demar is a lock for Toronto.

    • jheds10 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      and the reason why I say Demar is a lock for Toronto, I’m saying that as they wont play Turner at SG because of DeRozan.

  6. bigwii - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Danny Ainge should be all over this.

  7. haywoodjeffries - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Would be a dumb move by my sixers. They’re losing and will continue to lose. They’ll secure a top pick and have a nice nucleus for the future. Resign Turner. He can continue to flourish under Brett Brown and is young enough to continue to improve. Need a banger like Randle in the draft. MCW, ET, hopefully a 3 with the Pelicans pick, Randle and Noel. Would be a fun squad

  8. ursuline86 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Forget it Philly fans. NO way, even if he is from The Ohio State University. Cavs are not going to trade Waiters (who is already as good as, if not better than Turner) who is only in the second year of his rookie contract for an average shooter that will want paid next year. That money is reserved for LeBron!

  9. barkley4life - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Sixers fan for 25 years…I would drive ET to the airport in a heartbeat for Dion Waters. Even off the bench in Cleveland he’s getting double digits. He doesn’t fit with Irving because he’s a ball dominant scoring point and needs a defensive type. I had really high hopes for ET and think he’s a solid player but he will never bea star and I think he would flourish on a good team as a jack of all trades 6th man.

  10. somekat - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    don’t really want Waiters, would rather hold on to him and try to get a 1st from someone. Maybe Pheonix? Not saying I don’t like Waiters, but I would rather go all out with picks. If it gets closer to the deadline, and you don’t get a 1st from someone (I think they will), then pull the trigger.

    • tribebuckeyesteelercavfan - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      not gonna happen phoenix has to high of a pick for this upcoming draft to give up a first and with the depth of this draft the sam hinkie knows hes not gonna get a first rounder for anyone in all likelihood

      • somekat - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Huh? The Suns are picking around 23-24 right now. Not exactly “to high” of a pick. Especially if they are going into win now mode, as another article suggests

  11. groundpounder95 - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Taking it that waiters has fought a coach in high school, college, and at pro level….. Wouldn’t be a good idea to make him a sixer.

  12. samsonight1010 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I’m on the “do-it” bandwagon, ship Dion out, let him fight MCW instead of Kyrie when he doesn’t get more touches than he deserves. I like ET too, would be a nice pickup for the Cavs

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