5 Potential Suitors for Philadelphia 76ers If They Choose to Trade Evan Turner
5 Potential Suitors for Evan Turner
Evan Turner is enjoying a career year for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is currently averaging 21.2 points per game which is not only 14th in the NBA but it is almost double his career average of 11 points per game. He is also averaging 6.8 rebounds, shooting a career-high 46 percent and taking a career-high 5.3 free throws per game.
His first three years in the league he clashed with his head coach Doug Collins, but this year under new coach Brett Brown, he is playing with freedom and in turn playing with confidence. Brown and Turner have seemed to develop a good relationship and they seem to trust one another, which is something a young player always needs from his head coach.
But before the season started, Turner was not offered a contract extension from new general manager Sam Hinkie which means he will become a restricted free agent at season's end. Turner knew the situation going into the season because it's a new GM who didn't draft him and he's on a rebuilding team.
There is always the option to re-sign Turner and build around him, Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams and whoever else they draft in 2014. But it remains more likely that Turner will be moved at the trade deadline.
With the numbers he is putting up this year he is proving to be a valuable trade asset. Any team that trades for him could just use him as a rental player this year to make a push for a title or they could control his rights as a restricted free agent and sign him long term. Turner's trade value will never be higher than it is right now and if Hinkie decides to pull the plug here are five potential suitors before the trade deadline.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have always had that third scorer to rely on. It was James Harden for a while and last year it was Kevin Martin. This year Jeremy Lamb and Thabo Sefolosha are combining for only about 15 points per game. Turner could be the missing piece to send the Thunder back to the Finals.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have struggled this year when it comes to scoring the basketball, particularly out of the small forward position. They are only getting seven points per game from Tayshaun Prince and Turner would be a huge upgrade for a team that struggles outside of the paint.
3. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets already have a star in Ty Lawson and are hurting at the small forward position with Danilo Gallinari recovering from ACL surgery. The Nuggets currently have a very desirable pick from the New York Knicks, but I don't think Turner is enough to pry that away in this draft class.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are rumored to be shopping Dion Waiters and that might be a fit for the Sixers who are in desperate need of a shooting guard. They also currently have a lottery pick and three second rounders. Turner would be a much better fit with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson than Waiters ever could be.
1. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a team that many thought would rebuild, but instead they appeared to retool with the additions of Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon. With an aging star in Dirk Nowitzki, Turner would be a good fit to help them compete this year as well as be a focal point of the future. The Sixers could use the expiring contract of Shawn Marion in return.