Philadelphia 76ers Are Better Off Keeping Evan Turner

By Alan Gung
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Evan Turner trade rumors have been circulating all season. With the trade deadline coming up in a few weeks, his name will be among the most mentioned. However, the Philadelphia 76ers might be better off keeping him unless they get a lottery pick in return.

Chances are, the Sixers will not get much in return for the fourth-year swingman. Turner is having a decent season, but his stats aren’t enough to generate much interest. He’ll be a restricted free agent after this season, so teams are cautious about trading for him.

The Sixers may get some decent role players or a first round pick for Turner. They could also get a rental player such as Pau Gasol for the remainder of this season before he is a free agent after this season.

Turner is playing well offensively, but the rest of his stats have been the same throughout his NBA career. Turner leads the Sixers in scoring, averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

There would be a few teams looking to add Turner, such as the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. The only problem is that they would want the Sixers to take on bad contracts. The Knicks particularly would be willing to take on Turner just so they can dump troubled shooting guard J.R. Smith.

Turner has a little less than $6.7 million on his contract this season. The 6-foot-7 swingman would be a decent addition for a team looking for a complementary player. He would fit being a second or third option on a team with a superstar.

Turner has taken strides offensively, but he’s not a franchise player. The Sixers are better off keeping Turner in preparation for next season when they’re expected to draft a top-three pick or sign a superstar.

If the Sixers end up drafting Andrew Wiggins or signing a player of Lebron James’ caliber, Turner would be the perfect sidekick. The only problem is that the Sixers may only have him for one more season, even if he exercises his player option until next season.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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