It’s that time of the year. The time when you’ll begin to hear more trade rumors than you can keep track of. The time of year when teams try to cut dead weight, and the time of the year when veteran, contending teams look for “rentals”.
Apparently, the Philadelphia 76ers fall into that criteria — somewhere. According to reports, the Sixers are desperately trying to find a trade partner in order to cut Evan Turner loose.
The Thunder are interested in trading for Evan Turner. 76ers looking for a first round pick in return. (h/t @SeanDeveney)
— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) February 3, 2014
The Sixers, deep into a rebuilding project that kicked off last June on draft night with the trade of All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, have been stepping up their efforts to make a move before the trade deadline, and swingman Evan Turner has been at the forefront of those discussions, sources told Sporting News.
The Sixers are eager to net a draft pick for Turner—they’ve also shopped free-agent-to-be center Spencer Hawes and forward Thaddeus Young—and that has been a hang-up in their efforts to find a trade.
Turner becomes a restricted free agent next season, so veteran teams in need of a shooting guard could be on the frontline when it comes to Turner. He could work as a rental, if you’re willing to give up a first round pick. That’s a really big “if”, especially if you’re only planning on keeping Turner for half the season.
Still, you’d be wise to keep an eye on the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs as the trade deadline approaches. Maybe the asking price will go down with each passing day?
Turner is arguably having his best season of his career while averaging 18.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.