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The Philadelphia 76ers are quite clearly playing for lottery balls at this point, so it would make sense that veteran center Spencer Hawes and swingman Evan Turner would be available at the deadline. Here's ESPN's Marc Stein with what the asking price for either player may be.
The Sixers, sources say, continue to hold out hope that they can acquire a future first-round pick for either forward Evan Turner or center Spencer Hawes before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Both players become free agents in July.
Getting a first-round pick for Hawes or Turner is going to be difficult, but it's not a completely unattainable goal. Hawes could be nothing more than a rental for an acquiring team due to his unrestricted status in free agency, but 7-foot centers who shoot 41 percent from behind the arc don't come around all that often.
Hawes fills a very specific niche, which should make him the more attractive acquisition.
That being said, any team that trades for Turner will have the ability to match any offer he receives in restricted free agency. That might not seem like a huge deal, but at least any team giving up a first-round pick will know it can keep him on the roster going forward.
Whether any team really wants to acquire Turner is another question entirely. Further, there's a strong possibility Philadelphia won't offer Turner a qualifying offer this offseason, which would make him unrestricted and available to sign wherever he pleases. Teams may be better off waiting the Sixers out.
We'll see if Philadelphia lowers the asking price, but perhaps the Sixers can at least acquire the option to swap picks with a team down the line as a secondary option.