You have to feel for Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner. To start the season, he had his stock skyrocketing thanks to the inflated stats he was putting up as one of the lone holdovers for the Philadelphia 76ers. In a contract year, the timing could not have been any better.
But then he was traded to the Pacers, and his poor play happened to coincide with an epic collapse by Indiana. Turner was blamed by some and then removed from the rotation.
Now he is almost certainly going to enter free agency unrestricted, as it would be a shock if Indiana gave the former No. 2 pick the $8.7 million qualifying offer necessary to make him restricted and match any offer.
Truthfully, it would be a surprise if he received much more than the minimum from any team. He's a dreadful defender, a poor outside shooter and possibly a poor locker-room presence.
Turner also seems to realize that his time in Indiana and subsequent benching for a guy like Rasual Butler have hurt his value. Here's what he told Candace Buckner of IndyStar.com:
I really don't know because I'm not a GM," Turner said, answering if he felt his diminished role hurt his free agency. "But at the same time, I think the NBA is kind of a hot streak, obviously. They remember what you did last year, last game and everything like that.
"Clearly, you're judged on, like, your last game, the last couple of months then it probably wasn't ideal for me in regards to (the) contract but at the same time, I think it's known that I can play basketball and everything will work itself out.
Going off the assumption that Turner's time in Indiana is done, here are some alternate landing spots that might help him resurrect his career.