NBA Trade Rumors – By trading Jrue Holiday, the Philadelphia 76ers committed themselves to tanking a year (which isn’t working out very well right now, as they are 2-0) and could continue to make moves. The former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner could hit the market.
The Sixers did not reach an agreement with Turner by Thursday’s extension deadline and will either have to extend him a qualifying offer this summer or let him go. Or, better yet, trade him before the February deadline. Reading Turner’s thoughts on the situation certainly points towards a potential trade.
“[First-year 76ers general manager Sam] Hinkie is not my GM. He doesn’t owe me anything,” Turner said Friday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. “… We’re going in different directions and everything like that.”
But he said his agent, David Falk, had not spoken with the Sixers.
“We haven’t spoken on it,” Turner said. “There’s nothing really to speak on. Whatever happens, happens.”
“I really don’t know, to tell you the truth,” Turner said. “[Hinkie] just traded Jrue, and Jrue is like a walking legend, you know what I’m saying? Even Wilt Chamberlain got traded, right?”
Turner doesn’t seem like a very happy man in Philly, does he? Moving him is certainly a possibility and it’s a very interesting venture for the 76ers to explore. Turner will be a major part of the Sixers’ offense this season and is averaging 24.5 points over the first two games. He will be taking a lot more shots and his numbers will be a lot prettier than they were last season.
Even so, Turner’s three years with the franchise have been underwhelming. He has not quite met expectations and the Sixers understandably didn’t offer him an extension before the beginning of the season.
Philadelphia will likely wait until late January or early February before they start making phone calls, at which point Turner’s market value should be relatively high. There is no reason why Philly couldn’t find a trade scenario which would land them at least a nice first-round pick in the 2014 draft. While it might seem like an underwhelming offer, Turner will be looking for a pretty big extension, perhaps somwhere around $12 million/year or more, and the Sixers are clearly not very willing to throw substantial money at him. Either way, it will be interesting to follow the Sixers’ activity off the court this year.