Timberwolves Interested in Acquiring Evan Turner?
According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities on Twitter, the Wolves have interest in acquiring another wing before the regular season arrives. One name that he mentioned as a potential trade target is Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner. The Sixers have made it clear the last couple of seasons that they were open to moving Turner, and Turner even said that he expected to be traded this offseason.
Turner hasn’t lived up to the hype that surrounded him coming into the NBA out of Ohio State, but he has steadily improved each year. Last season he averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per contest, which are very solid numbers. The Wolves have been adamant about acquiring another wing due to injury concerns and overall depth. Turner would certainly be a great pickup to help bolster their bench production behind Kevin Martin.
The rumored return for the 76ers would be Derrick Williams a second round pick or something along those lines. Williams hasn’t lived up to his hype in Minnesota either very similar to Turner, so maybe a change of scenery would do both young players good. This is certainly the kind of deal that makes you think about the possibilities of Turner in Minnesota. He would be under a new system and with a new team, which could be the change that he needs to reach the potential that he has.
Overall, this deal is just a rumor at this point that makes sense. There is nothing imminent in the works, but that doesn’t mean that something won’t come of this rumor. With the 76ers being willing to make a move, and the Wolves wanting to make a move and having the pieces to make something happen, this rumor could quickly turn into a reality.
Zgoda also mentions Rip Hamilton, Marquis Daniels, Stephen Jackson, Mickael Pietrus, DeShawn Stevenson, Leandro Barbosa, and Raja Bell as possible free agent pickups if they decide not to pursue a trade. Either way, you can expect to see Minnesota make another wing roster addition before the regular season starts.