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Report: Spurs, Bobcats may be interested in trading for Sixers’ Evan Turner

Feb 9, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

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Not much has changed since the beginning of the season for the rebuilding Sixers, who all along have been willing to part with Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and/or Thaddeus Young if the price was right.

Philadelphia is holding firm on asking for a first round draft pick in exchange at the moment, and will likely continue to do so up until the Feb. 20 trade deadline is upon us.

Turner is drawing the most interest, given the importance of wing players in today’s offenses along with the fact that he’s shown improvement every year, and is in just his fourth NBA season. And two teams specifically are rumored to be the most intrigued by potentially acquiring his services.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

The fourth-year swingman is having a very productive season, averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. But the price for that production in his forthcoming restricted free agency (if he’s extended the qualifying offer) is likely too rich for the 76ers’ blood, meaning they’d rather net a first-round draft pick in return for him and continue their rebuilding efforts with a more salary-cap friendly situation. One rival executive mentioned the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Bobcats as possible destinations via trade, though both teams could also wait until the offseason to see if they could simply sign him then.

Dealing for someone mid-season who will be a restricted free agent this summer is tricky, because another team could always offer him more dollars than the one holding his rights is prepared to match.

If San Antonio or Charlotte don’t feel like giving up assets that meet the Sixers’ demands, they can simply overpay for Turner this summer. That’s not how the Spurs do things, but for a Bobcats team looking for relevance, and one that showed no fear in signing free agent Al Jefferson to a large deal prior to this season, it might make a bit more sense.

  1. knodtl1 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Charlotte makes a play for Turner, with Gordon and Ramon Sessions coming off the books this summer they could overpay Turner and still have room to sign someone else (They would likely have to overpay said person and they would be able to).

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      If he’s restricted then they may not have to overpay. It depends what other teams are willing to offer.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      But the team that owns his rights (and likely that team is not the Sixers) can match any offer.

  2. udkidd - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I would take any first round pick for him. What a mistake at #2 in the 2010 draft. However, I think he would do well with the Spurs.

  3. whoisrdymlz - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    You know this article has been written on this site already, right?

  4. ryanaammess - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I would think the Spurs would be more interested in Thad Young. Better all around player and I think matching him with Kwhali and Timmy at 5 would be a nightmare for teams to deal with.

    • borisalessandri - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Oh yeah the Spurs are! Thaddeus Young has been on the Spurs radar since last year. Young would fit in the SAS system MOS DEF!

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        That’s true but Los Spurs just overpaid Splitter to a fat ol’ contract. I don’t think they want to relegate him to a bench role.

      • spursareold - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        00 – Duncan is almost at the finish line tape. This may actually be his last year, even though he signed for two years last summer. Besides, Spurs paid Ginobili 8 figures for like 5-6 seasons to come off the bench. It doesn’t matter who starts, it matters who finishes.

      • borisalessandri - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        It is true that they overpaid for Splitter and gave Ginobili a VERY generous contract over the summer, but this team is all about the “collective sacrifice”. Besides, Young wouldn’t be able just to step on the court and play right away. They would rather him slowly get acclimated to his role, even though Shannon Brown and Jeffers did do it

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Would love to see Turner with the Spurs, where he will no doubt be appreciated.

  6. spursareold - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Yes, the Bobcats should acquire ANOTHER wing who can’t shoot a lick.

  7. borderline1988 - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I highly doubt any team with a lottery pick that’s likely to be top-7 is going to trade it. This is the year where a franchise player could fall to #5, no way teams will miss that opportunity. Not for a known commodity in Evan Turner, who is a decent player, but no-where near a franchise player you could build around.

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