Four years after being selected No. 2 overall in the NBA draft, Evan Turner's potential value to a winning team is somehow still a total mystery.
Nevertheless, it's still greater than it is in the wake of a miserable stint with the Indiana Pacers.
Though his shooting percentages were predictably mediocre, Turner began the 2013-14 season looking like an intriguing player amidst the tanking that was Philadelphia 76ers campaign, averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Then Indy took a flier on him at the trade deadline, and everything took a turn for the worse.
Turner could do nothing right as a Pacer, putting up 7.1 points, 3.2 boards and 2.4 dimes the rest of the way and getting into a fistfight with Lance Stephenson the day before the playoffs began, per Wojnarowski. That was his last moment of relevance for the season.
After three seasons and change on middling or worse Sixers squads, Turner's Indy days provided his first impression on how he might play for a team legitimately eying a deep playoff run.
But it's a small sample...and not a particularly fair one at that. Though he might not have helped relieve the acrimony in Indy, the dissension predated Turner's arrival. And the ineffectual Pacers squandered the opportunity to have Turner inject some creativity in their dismal offense.
Maybe the padded Philly stats don't represent Turner's true ability, but neither does the Indy disaster. So when Kurt Helin of NBC Sports reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking at Turner and suggests he could be "a decent gamble" for the minimum or slightly more, we're looking at a severe buy-low scenario.
Prior to the midseason trade, the full mid-level exception wouldn't have been out of the question for Turner. Maybe that would have been an overpay, but whoever signs him now will get a hefty discount instead.