NBA Trade Rumors: Evan Turner to Spurs or Bobcats?


Jan 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) grabs his head after being hit during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the Wells Fargo Center. The Suns defeated the Sixers 124-113. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to move Evan Turner before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. While there is no clear destination as of yet for the former No. 2 overall pick, the San Antonio Spurs and the Charlotte Bobcats are two teams which have been connected to his name.

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.

(via USA Today Sports)

Moving Turner is a little tricky. He is having the best season of his career, but will be a restricted free agent this upcoming summer. Since the Sixers have not managed to agree on an extension, and have reportedly not even discussed the notion of one, teams around the league seem to know that Turner is not part of the long-term plans in Philadelphia, which naturally gives his market value a bit of a hit.

The fact that the Spurs are mentioned in these rumors is a bit curious. Since San Antonio already has Kawhi Leonard at the small forward position, Turner is unlikely to see any kind of major playing time under head coach Gregg Popovich.

Charlotte, on the other hand, is a pretty interesting option. The team wants to get better before the trade deadline and has the expiring contract of Ben Gordon to throw into a package. Still, as mentioned, it’s understandable that both rumored teams are reluctant to jumping into such a deal right now, as Turner could potentially just leave next summer and Philadelphia is probably asking for some lucrative picks in return.

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