Thunder Interested in Acquiring Evan Turner
Oklahoma City, OK - According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have shown interest in acquiring Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers. Things haven’t been looking good for an extension between Turner and the Sixers, and both sides appear to be ready to move on from one another. Oklahoma City could use a shooting guard with the scoring ability that Turner brings to the table and certainly would be upgraded with him on the team.
Turner has put up very good numbers so far this season, averaging 23.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game for a 76ers team that has already surpassed many expectations. His numbers are inflated a bit due to the fact that he is playing on a team without many scoring options, but he is a very talented player. He was drafted with the #2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and finally seems to be reaching his full potential.
According to a couple analysts, the Thunder could send a package of Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, and a 2014 first round pick to the 76ers for Evan Turner. Philadelphia would be very intrigued to acquire Jackson and the first round pick especially, as those two pieces would help with their rebuilding movement. Oklahoma City would be acquiring a player who could fill a similar role to what Kevin Martin had for the Thunder last season.
Both the 76ers and Evan Turner need to figure out if there is any future between the two of them before a deal is done, but it seems more and more likely that the Sixers will trade him before the trading deadline. The Thunder are looking to compete for a championship once again this year, and the acquisition of Evan Turner would be a big help to that cause.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.