The Philadelphia 76ers have been very interested in moving Evan Turner in recent weeks, and quite a few suitors have been lining up already. There are rumors flying everywhere and if all the rumors are correct, every team could be looking to acquire him from Philadelphia. There are three potential suitors that make the most sense to me, so let’s get started.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls suffered a major setback to what was expected to be a championship contending season this year by losing Derrick Rose for the season to a torn meniscus. Evan Turner would be a big pickup for them in every single aspect. He’s a very capable scorer and can also make plays for his teammates as well. That being said, a deal with the Bulls would all depend on what the asking price would be for his services. If the Bulls want to continue making a play for a playoff spot, Turner would be a nice addition. He’s also a very young player which would make him valuable long-term.
2. New York Knicks
New York has had a terrible season so far and are disappointing to say the least. The Knicks have been discussing moving Iman Shumpert, and he could interest the 76ers as well. It could be a possibility at the two teams just swap the two players and it would actually be a better fit for both Shumpert and Turner. Turner would add a very nice aspect to a Knicks team that could use just about everything. He can score the basketball as well as take some of the pressure off of Carmelo Anthony as far as playmaking goes. It’s a very interesting fit and in my opinion, a good one.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a very bad start to their season and have reportedly been shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters. Evan Turner could very well be the perfect fit for the Cavs in a trade involving Waiters. That being said, it would be interesting for a couple reasons. One, Turner played his college basketball at Ohio State, so it would basically be a homecoming for him. Two, he would be heading into a situation where he could look long-term with a team that has the potential to make some noise with Andrew Bynum, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the supporting cast. Thirdly and finally, he would be heading to a team where he could make an even larger impact on a winning team.
Overall, a trade seems very likely to be coming for Evan Turner. The 76ers are not looking to sign Turner long-term and could net good trade value back for him, but they aren’t going to trade him just to make a trade. These three teams all could use a new face who could become a key player for them, and Turner may very well be the answer that they have been looking for.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.