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It's no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers want to trade Evan Turner, and Turner is prepared for that possibility. Here's what he told Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times about all the trade rumors:
“I never really worried about it,” Turner said. “If it’s something that needed to be discussed, (agent David Falk would) let me know. Other than that, just go with the flow and go about your business. Whatever happens, happens.”
It's not often that a player deals with trade rumors during the best season of his career, but perhaps that's kept Turner motivated to put up big numbers. The fourth-year guard is averaging 17.4 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game, which is definitely pretty impressive on the surface.
Here's the issue, though: It's highly debatable that any team would give Turner the ball as much as Philadelphia has this season (24.1 usage percentage) or play the type of uptempo system that boosts raw stats. Turner would instead play more of a complementary role wherever he ended up, which might be a little problematic since he's still a poor three-point shooter (28.7 percent this year) and lackluster defender.
Turner could have some value as a sixth man on the right team, but the asking price is probably too high. The 76ers are almost certainly holding out for a first-round draft pick, and even if a team is willing to forfeit that, Turner will need to be given a qualifying offer worth $8.7 million in order to become a restricted free agent this offseason. That's a lot of tied up cap space for a player who probably isn't starting material.
Turner has some talent, but there are just too many holes in his game to justify giving up a first-round pick or signing him to an expensive long-term contract. Good offenses aren't built around players like him.