Philadelphia, PA - According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers could be asking for only as second round pick in return for a trade involving former #2 overall pick Evan Turner. The 76ers were shopping Turner for a first round pick for the past month or so, but have been unable to find a trade partner that is interested in giving up that much for Turner. If these reports are actually true, there will be quite a few teams interested in giving up a second round pick to net Turner.
Turner has played in and started 54 games for the 76ers this season, averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Those numbers show that he is capable of making an impact in every aspect of the game, and there are quite a few teams out there that could use a player with his skill-set. It will be very interesting to see what teams show interest in acquiring him as the trade deadline approaches today.
There have been reports that 7-8 teams have already shown interest in trading a second round pick for him, but none of those teams have been named. The 76ers are shopping practically any player on their roster outside of Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, but they are not wanting to add any players with contracts beyond this season. If all they get back in return is a second round pick, they will have to find a team that can absorb his entire contract.
He currently has a $9 million qualifying offer this offseason, and the 76ers do not appear interested in giving him that offer. Turner was the #2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and was expected to become a star and the future of the 76ers’ franchise. Unfortunately, he has been unable to reach his full potential and has ended up with the label of being a bust.
Overall, the 76ers are going to do anything and everything that they can to trade Turner prior to today’s trading deadline. There are plenty of teams out there that are hungry to acquire a player with the talent that Turner possesses for the right price. Don’t be surprised to see Philadelphia find a trade partner at some point today and ship Turner off.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.