Evan Turner Trade A Necessary Evil For Philadelphia 76ers

By Ryan Wenzell
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers made the biggest splash of the NBA Trade deadline by dealing Evan Turner to the Indiana Pacers for veteran swing man Danny Granger and a future 2nd round pick.

While this move is a curious one on the surface, it was more about the Sixers and general manager Sam Hinkie ridding themselves of Turner’s contract and getting a future asset in return, even if it is a minor one. It was clear from the jump that Turner was not in Hinkie and the Sixer’s future plans, as he is not the type of player Hinkie covets. He doesn’t have one particularly above average skill, and he isn’t a great shooter, athlete, defender or player in general. He is a jack of all trades and master of none.

What Turner did was average 17 to 18 points on a bad team taking 15 to 20 shots a game. Nothing special. I consider this trade a win for both teams. The Sixers move on from Turner, which they planned to all along, and at least get some semblance of value for him. The Pacers, on the other hand, have now acquired a second ball handler in Turner. He is a point forward who can find his teammates and get to the cup on occasion. Let’s just say Turner is an upgrade over a gimpy and over the hill Granger.

Speaking of Granger, he is a buy out candidate for the Sixers. I’d be surprised if he spends much, if any time at all, in a Sixers uniform. The re-build continues in Sixer land, and it is a full blown tank job at this point.

Eyes on the future though. Hinkie has positioned this team with ammunition to make real noise this summer and in the free agency period, with loads of draft picks and cap room for the foreseeable future.

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