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Report: Sixers shopping Evan Turner around, not any takers yet

Feb 3, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

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Right now we are in the “there’s a lot of talking” phase of the trade season — the trade deadline is Feb. 20 and GMs around the league are trying to gauge the value of their players and see what other teams are asking for theirs. Names such as Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis in Orlando, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza and a host of others are out on that market.

As is Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Turner is not surprised to hear his name called, he told the Sporting News. He’s just trying to be professional about it.

The Sixers are eager to net a draft pick for Turner—they’ve also shopped free-agent-to-be center Spencer Hawes and forward Thaddeus Young—and that has been a hang-up in their efforts to find a trade.

The problem, one league executive said, is that Turner can become a restricted free agent this summer—or unrestricted, if the Sixers decide not to extend the $8.7 million qualifying offer he is slated for this offseason. If Turner is to become an unrestricted free agent, trading for him now makes little sense….

“I never expected to get a contract extension, especially when we switched GMs, you know?” Turner said. “I always said, Mr. Hinkie is going to do what he wants to do, and he has his own vision and everything like that. So when you trade an All-Star like Jrue, I mean, what occurs next isn’t going to surprise me. I was just trying my best to keep focused, keep helping the team win and getting better.”

When asked about all the trade rumors before the game, Sixers coach Brett Brown quipped he was surprised the roster had stayed intact this long.

Young is going to be attractive piece on the market, a swing man who gives a tea value on both ends of the court, plus a team would have him at least one year beyond this one, maybe two (Young has an early termination option in 2015).

But Turner and Hawes are a tougher sell because both will be on the market this summer (Hawes an unrestricted free agent).

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Turners not an efficient scorer. He’s a solid player a d he’ll def get around 8 mill a year but hes not a franchise building block like MCW/potentially Noel and he’s not worth wasting a draft pick for in this draft.

    He was off to a crazy start but cooled off. He’s still young so teams will def show some interest.

  2. genericcommenter - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Tea value is the new market inefficiency.

  3. djshnooks - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    “Not any takers, yet.”

    Holy horrible English/writing.

    It blows my mind some of these articles that get published, with such horrific writing; spelling and grammar are terrible on this site. It is sad that people nowadays take no pride, whatsoever, in their work.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      I ain’t seent nan nada problim wit tha way dis article wuz writen.

    • mytthor - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      “Not any takers, yet,” isn’t any less a coherent and proper sentence than “Holy horrible English/writing.”

      In the rest of your post I count 2 uses of passive voice in 2 sentences, one incorrect comma that should be removed, and two incorrect commas that should be either changed to dashes, or have that portion of the sentence re-worded. Feel free to reply if you want to know where the errors are. Otherwise, unless your grammar is impeccable, keep your (figurative) mouth shut.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    “Not any takers, yet.”

    This is just a simple mistake, and you know exactly what the author of this article meant by his words. It’s just not important to act as the grammar and spelling police on a sporting news website over something so minuscule and insignificant. Just stop and think for a second how truly little it matters…

    • miamatt - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      You truly are wise, captain.

    • thomaskouns - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      It’s not perfect but it got the point across.

      I much rather read your opinion on basketball than your grammar


  5. sportsnut101 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Trade him to bulls for taj Gibson. Bulls still can go for melo if not sign Evan He’s a nice player and better at 2g then any1 else there

  6. bknowledge - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner for Omer Asik and Houston’s first round draft pick…

    • pukpokito - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Asik is already a great asset to any team trading for him… from his position to his salary.It will take a lot to include a first rounder from GM D.Morey.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Bad deal for the Sixers, and the Rockets GM would not give up the 1st round pick.

  7. pukpokito - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    You know what?there is only 1 team that I think Philadelphia can trade with that would make it a fit for both teams.Cleveland. The Cavaliers are having Chemistry issues with their shooting guard Dion Waiters.Evan Turner is a shooting guard that seems to be a bad a fit as well and hence the trade talk. Why not trade for each other and see how that works out? Both are still in their rookie contract and are playing for their next one.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Waiters to Philly has been thrown out there quite a few times, bringing him back home.

      • tv63 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Love Waiters. He ‘s a straight baller and has huge upside. I don’t want him taken away from Cavs BUT Brown treats him like garbage and can’t coach. There’s no reason in the world Kyrie and him could be the Splash brothers of the East but that will never happen with pre-Madonna Kyrie. He’s a Very selfish player and Brown spoils him at his every whim. It couldn’t be more toxic than this Cavs team and its Brown’s fault. Anyways, he would do fantastic anywhere else!! Dion is a willing passer and good shooter. . Where ever he goes (It will kill me to see him go) I’m following his team and dumping the lowly Cavs mainly because of Mike Brown ruining them.

  8. oasis511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Hard to believe that no team is interested in a wildly inconsistent swingman with no outside shot to speak of and very little defense who will be a free agent at the end of the season because his own team wouldn’t extend him an $8.7 million qualifying offer.

    Okay, it’s not that hard to believe. Turner has had his moments this year, but this is a league that’s about two things – stars and specialists. Turner is neither. He can’t be a spot-up shooter off the bench or a lockdown defender. He turns the ball over too much to be a primary ball handler, and he can only create his own shots when he has a defensive mismatch. Finding the right fit for him isn’t going to be easy for any team.

  9. dperk123 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Trade him to boston for gerald wallace?

  10. 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Beast2727, I know your out there somewhere…give us a trade scenario.

  11. philswfc08 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Speaking of wasted draft picks, drafting ET 2nd overall was terrible…he had a very low ceiling and was a pick for a team scared of drafting a bust. I like direction of team now, but Demarcus Cousins would sure look good with MCW & Nerlens as a core right now.

  12. saint1997 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Trade to the Pelicans? Fills the whole at the 3 with an improving distance shot to space the floor playing alongside Jrue, something he knows how to do. He can also aid defensively, giving them a nice perimeter body to throw at guys

  13. coachjac30 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Turner, Hawes and a 1st rd pick to Detroit for Monroe and Villanueva.

  14. hereloaded - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Anyone else feels the team wants to trade him because of his inability to listen to the coach or absorb feedback from teammates and management? he seems hot headed at times and the might be ticking off management beyond the inconsistencies with defense and scoring. he’s also “thick” in a way.. it would be good for him to hit the gym and bulk up or slim down a little more to enhance his recovery on the court and stamina throughout the game… i watch this team every night… yeah i watch them lose and i play scouting team as a fan lol.. what else is there to do and keep you sane with this season?

    I hope it all works out either way for Turner and my Sixers

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