One of the most intriguing rumors going around the league right now is that of second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters being shopped by the Cleveland Cavaliers after there being so-called “chemistry issues.” The Cavs have already apparently talked to the Chicago Bulls about a Luol Deng trade, but another team that could be in the market is the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philly would be giving up Evan Turner in this potential deal, which might make some sense for the Sixers.
Turner has one more year left on his deal and then will likely be on his way out via free agency. There isn’t much to give us the notion Turner would be willing to stay on a team that is clearly rebuilding. In his mind, I’m sure, and in others’ mind, he’s far too talented of a player to be stuck in a situation like that.
For the Sixers, they’d be getting a cheaper player in return with plenty of potential in his young career. While Turner, at the moment, is a better player, Waiters could turn out to be a very similar player if given time and maybe just a change of scenery if things aren’t working out in Cleveland.
For now, Waiters might also guarantee the 76ers a higher draft pick. I know, that’s a sad and somewhat ridiculous notion, but let’s be honest — it also very well could be true. The Sixers are a team that everyone picked at the beginning of the season to be one of those in full-on tanking mode.
After trading for Nerlens Noel, who won’t be seeing the court for a long time, and giving up the team’s best player in Jrue Holiday, most thought that was the white flag thrown by Philly for their 2013 season. For that reason, trading Turner for Waiters might be a great idea. Obviously a team always wants to compete, but a title is not happening this season and the front office has got to be thinking long-term as well.