If Traded…Where Could Evan Turner Wind Up?

Photo Courtesy of USAToday.com

Photo Courtesy of USAToday.com

The Evan Turner trade talk is heating up by the day. There are two reasons for this. One, Turner is clearly playing the best basketball of his four-year career (23.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 84.4 ft%) and therefore his trade value is at an all-time high.

Two, the Sixers are proving to not necessarily be the pushover many thought they would and Turner is showing the ability to lead the team to a few more wins than what the front office wants.

It is easy to say the Sixers should deal Turner, but for what? You are not just going to give a 25-year old player away when he is playing the best basketball of his young career. Turner could prove to be a valuable asset to the Sixers future.

Not only is he putting up numbers this season, he is also learning to be a leader, something that a team looking to build a new culture needs.

You have to get value for Turner. Whether that comes in the form of picks or prospects, you have to walk away with something that is worth it. Moves like that are what successful rebuilds depend on.

Here are some possible trades that the Sixers could make based on some of the teams that are popping up in connection to Turner.

Photo Courtesy of BleacherReport.com

Photo Courtesy of BleacherReport.com

Dallas Mavericks:

PHI Receives Shawn Marion, 2014 2nd round pick and a 2015 First Round pick for Evan Turner

This trade would allow the Sixers to keep Marion for the remainder of the season and the roughly $9 million salary will come off the books at season’s end. Marion is averaging ten less points per game than Turner which should equal out to more losses for the Sixers.

Dallas would acquire a small forward, which is a serious need for them. Turner will help to beef up their wing positions and will help to appease Dirk Nowitzki. A trio of Monta Ellis, Turner and Nowitzki would keep Dallas competitive enough in the eyes of Mark Cuban.

Minnesota Timberwolves:

PHI Receives Derrick Williams, Alexey Schved, a 2014 2nd round pick (NO), 2015 first round pick for Evan Turner and Kwame Brown

There is some downside to this trade if you are Philadelphia. One, the Timberwolves do not have a totally freed up first rounder in 2014 to demand and Williams and Schved are under contract for next season. However, you would receive two young players that will fill out the roster for next season and that both possess a little upside that Brett Brown could develop.

Also the first round pick in 2015 could be up for grabs because Minnesota is desperate to show Kevin Love that they are doing everything they can to put proven talent on the roster around him. Otherwise, Love will most likely bolt when the season ends.

Plus you dump Kwame Brown!

Photo courtesy of NBA.SI.com

Photo courtesy of NBA.SI.com

Oklahoma City Thunder:

PHI Receives Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson, and a 2014 first round pick (from Dallas 1-20 protected) for Evan Turner and Kwame Brown

Once again, you dump Kwame Brown!

More importantly Oklahoma City would get a legitimate third scoring option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Turner would have the opportunity to provide the added offensive punch the Thunder loss when James Harden departed for Houston.

Turner may struggle in their system because he has proved to be most effective when he has the ball in his hands and OKC will primarily run offense through Durant and Westbrook, but Turner would undeniably be an upgrade.

The Sixers would gain a pick with some complicated ties to it but it will give them draft flexibility for a few years to come and they would acquire an interesting young player in Lamb who is showing some potential. They would also have an expiring contract in Sefolosha.

Memphis Grizzlies:

PHI Receives Jerryd Bayless, Ed Davis and a 2014 first round pick for Evan Turner

This deal would provide the Sixers with two expiring contracts and another first round pick (potentially their 3rd) in this year’s deep draft. Obviously this deal would also add a few more L’s to the Sixers end of the year record.

The Grizzlies would add Turner, an athletic wing man who will add some scoring punch to their lineup without hurting their defensive mentality.

Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Cleveland Cavaliers:

PHI Receives Alonzo Gee, CJ Miles, and a 2014 First Round Pick for Evan Turner

This trade would send the Ohio State product back to Ohio for an expiring contract in Miles, a cheap wing option in Gee and another 2014 first round pick. Turner would be a side option for Cleveland in the event that they do not hit big on the 2014 Free Agent market.

The bottomline when analyzing all these deals is that the Sixers will be more concerned with acquiring draft selections than they will with talent with any of these deals. Other teams may pop up but definitely expect these five teams to call if and when the Sixers make Turner available.

Whether or not the former 2nd overall selection suits up for the Sixers beyond this season, he will be a key piece to the future outlook of this team.

Posted on November 13, 2013, in 76ers, Ray Boyd and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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