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Report: Spurs tried to trade for Evan Turner before Pacers got him

Mar 13, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

Evan Turner played his way out of the NBA cellar before the trade deadline. Apparently, the only question was which championship contender he’d join.

The Pacers traded for Turner, but reportedly he could have been a Spur.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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Though trading for a player on an expiring contract is quite different than signing him to a multi-year deal, these teams coveting Tuner should still boost the perception of him.

I just wouldn’t mention that the 76ers had to lower their asking price for him.f

  1. spursareold - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Not a surprise they didn’t get him. Hinkie comes from the Rockets, and probably doesn’t want to do the Spurs a solid.

    If the Spurs want him, they can simply make an offer this summer. I’m doubting that Indy tenders him a QO, since that would be $8.7M. Turner takes that in a heartbeat. He’d be lucky to get that for 3 years on the open market.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Well the Spurs payed Splitter 9 million/year for 4 years. He’s good but not THAT good. He’s not worth more than 6 – at most.

      If Duncan retires this year, you’re stuck with a 30 year old Splitter who can’t make a layup without another great player drawing all the attention. What’s the point of protecting the rim if you can’t score enough?

      The Spurs tanked in 96-97 and got Duncan. They had Robinson who was healthy but benched him. I wasn’t even 10 and I remember this.

      Championships erase all the memories of such things…

  2. zickhead - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Good thing Spurs didn’t pick him up. Pacers have been all downhill since getting him.

  3. felser - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    How hard could the Spurs have tried, given the incredibly lowball return Philly got from the Pacers? A very late second for Turner and Allen, and they had to take on Granger’s salary to get that.

  4. lenbias34pt - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    The brief time we had a clear cut picture of what Turner did for Indy’s team was real damning of him as a player.
    Now with A. B. everything is out the window as far as seeing Turner’s worth.

    But honestly how good can he be if a young building team (Philly) has been trying to deal the kid for over a year.

    Journey is a great band, but to be a journey man as a top 5 pick is a case of someone not working as hard as he needs to. Get in shape Evan.

  5. azarkhan - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I doubt it. It’s not Spursien to do a late season signing unless somebody is hurt and they just need a body. Then it’s usually a 10-day contract.

  6. mungman69 - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Evan wasn’t going to help the Sixers. Get rid of em.

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