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Report: Sixers lower asking price for Evan Turner

Feb 20, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

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The Sixers have been willing to trade any of their three core players all season long, but to make a deal for either Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes or Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie has been holding out for a first round pick in return.

As the deadline approaches and teams get more desperate, things change.

It already has in relation to Hawes, who was sent to the Cavaliers in exchange for a couple of second round picks. The same is now reported to be true where Turner is concerned.

From Ken Berger of

(via Basketball Insiders):

Unable to secure a 1st-round pick in a deal for Evan Turner, Sixers may now take a 2nd as part of package for ’10 No. 2 pick, sources say.

Philly has plenty of room to take back salary for Turner and is averse to signing him to $9M qualifying offer this summer.

Turner a restricted free agent next summer, meaning that he is due a qualifying offer of close to $9 million if a team wishes to retain the right to match any offer receives. But that might be right around his market value in a new deal, and a team needs to be willing to commit those long-term dollars to Turner (or possibly even more) if it feels like giving up assets to acquire him this season.

The other thing to remember is that first round draft picks are being much more highly valued this year than in seasons past, due to the widely-held belief that this is one of the deeper drafts to come along in some time. That, along with Turner’s restricted free agent status (and the relatively high qualifying offer it would take to keep him that way) make it tricky for a team to give up all that much for him unless they plan on going all-in on him for the next several seasons.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Would they take a ’15 first rounder? Seems like this will be a couple year rebuild.

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I think they would take a ’18 first rounder if they could get it.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      THey’d just pay him to leave the team if they could.

      I understand how this current draft and CBA is set up to tank and rebuild but what the 76ers are doing is making a mockery of the NBA.

  2. sdeweese18 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:52 AM


    • geejon - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Turner swears he’s nice on the court but his squad can’t even get a late 1st rounder for him. He’s delusional. He’s a decent player, has some skills (good ballhandler and rebounder for his size), but he has all the same holes in his game that he did when he first got drafted. This is as good as he’ll ever be and that’s not saying all that much.

  3. whoisrdymlz - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Still asking too much.

  4. legend30 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Evan Turner to Spurs … Caron Butler to Heat (buyout) … Gary Neal to Bobcats … Andre Miller to Wizards … Luke Ridnour to Knicks

    • bougin89 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      And who do the Bucks get for giving up Caron and Ridnour?

      Who do the Heat give up for buying out Caron?

      • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        “Cash considerations” would be a win for Milwaukee in return.

        Miami would sign Butler after he is bought out, which would save the Bucks $$$. (I don’t think Miami will sign him. Tuff Juice looks d-o-n-e)

      • bougin89 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I can see where you’re going. I really don’t think Miami would sign Butler though, would they? I just don’t see the fit/need. Tuff Juice definitely looks done, I agree.

  5. loungefly74 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Turner is worth a 2nd rd pick.

  6. yougottalovethepain - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Just heard on ESPN radio there could be a three team trade with the Sixers, Suns and Lakers. The only names mentioned were the Sixers parting with Turner and Thad Young and getting Kris Kaman and his expiring contract back. Obviously there’d be more to it than this but that’s all they mentioned before going to a commercial right before 3:00

  7. bhunter1995 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Turner is worth 9M per year. Why are the sixers getting rid of everyone, even if they get a star in the draft they will need other guys who can play, Turner is beasting this season and they want 2nd round picks? Talk about pennies on the dollar.

  8. pacers24 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Welcome to Indy Evan, goodbye Granger

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