5 Teams That Need To Deal For Evan Turner at the NBA Trade Deadline
NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Evan Turner
The NBA trade deadline is right around the corner, and this is the point in the season where the contenders and pretenders are realized. Teams looking to make a playoff push will be searching for that final piece of the puzzle to make them whole.
It certainly is an interesting and hectic time of year. Many GMs are looking to sell off spare parts and even some of their good young players to prepare for a stacked 2014 NBA Draft by getting worse to get better as they say. After all this draft is said to be the deepest in years. Other teams are trying to vault themselves up in the standings just to make the postseason.
We should see a lot of movement and potentially quite a few big names being shopped around at the deadline. One of those players happens to be Evan Turner. It is clear that the Philadelphia 76ers and general manager Sam Hinkie are looking to be sellers at the trade deadline.
They are one of the worst teams in the NBA, and they are trying to bottom out to have a crack at talents like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. To do that they need to rid themselves of guys like Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes who right now may be helping them win too many games at times.
It is time for the Sixers to bottom out. Guys like Young, Hawes and especially Turner could also really help out a contending team. It seems like a win for all sides involved. Let's take a look at 5 teams that need Evan Turner.
5. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are right on the fringe of a No. 8 seed and a playoff berth. They certainly had higher hopes than this. It is clear the frontcourt dynamic of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond isn't meshing. Perhaps moving a guy like Monroe for Evan Turner and sliding Turner to the small forward spot would make sense. It would give the Pistons a natural three-man and break up the monotony of too many similar players.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a star in Kevin Love and a rising point guard in Ricky Rubio. They are missing one thing, though -- a scoring wing. Evan Turner would give them that. Perhaps they could move draft picks and some expiring contracts for the talented swing man.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are simply becoming an old basketball team. Their current small forward, Shawn Marion, looks to be on his last legs. They need youth at that position, and Turner would give them that. Perhaps a move for the young scorer would help them vault up the standings in the Western Conference.
2. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the surprises of the NBA season. Originally picked to be a lottery team and perhaps the worst squad in basketball, they now sit in sixth in the Western Conference and 10 games over .500. Their backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe (when he gets healthy) is certainly something to behold.
An upgrade over P.J. Tucker at the small forward spot, however, is something they need to monitor. A move for Evan Turner would make perfect sense. He just might make this surprising run and gun team a true force to be reckoned with.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls and Evan Turner in many ways would be a perfect fit. Turner is a Chicago native, and the Bulls desperately need scoring punch to replace the oft-injured Derrick Rose. Right now the Bulls are hovering and clinging to life in the Eastern Conference. The hometown kid could give them the boost they need to once again become contenders in the East.