Prior to last night’s win over the Bobcats, ESPN’s Marc Stein broke the news that the Sixers had decided that they needed to give All-Star Jrue Holiday a better supporting cast, and that they viewed moving Evan Turner as a way to do just that.
Stein said the following in his weekly NBA Weekend Dime Column on ESPN.com.
“The Sixers, sources say, are open to a shakeup as they continue to wait for the return of Andrew Bynum to give All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday some badly needed help. And I’m told Philly, as such, is shopping (or at least making calls to gauge the value of) swingman Evan Turner.”
In last night’s win over Charlotte, Turner responded with his play. Turner posted a double-double dropping 16 points, while grabbing 10 boards. Turner also chipped in four assists.
However the game was against the Bobcats, and it isn’t exactly like Evan Turner puts up those type of numbers on a night in, night out basis. If he did, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
So this morning John Finger of CSN Philly caught up with Turner and asked his opinion on the trade rumors.
“I’m not a GM, so I really don’t know [my trade value],” Turner said. “I think it’s all about what our team needs, and that’s it. Whatever. I think that the best is yet to come with me in general, wherever it occurs.”
That was the type of response that you would have expected out of the former number two overall pick.
As for the rumors, they are just that rumors. Turner may very well believe that the best is yet to come, but the Sixers, both fans and the organization, are getting tired of waiting for the best to consistently show on the court. Jrue Holiday is becoming a franchise player, and with the right mix of Andrew Bynum coming back and the addition of a more consistent third option, and all of a sudden the Sixers are one of the top teams in the East. Could Turner turn into that option? Maybe. But is anyone going to be that upset if the Sixers go get a veteran who fits this team better and can produce more without the ball? No, not at least the ones who have watched Evan Turner’s lack of development into a number two overall type player over the last three seasons.