With the Sixers looking to rebuild for the future and Evan Turner finally starting to play like a former number two overall pick, should the team look to sell high on the four year veteran in an attempt to bring in more young talent?
Turner is in the final year of his rookie scale contract and according to his agent, Turner is looking for big money in free agency at the end of the season, which is something the Sixers may not be willing to offer.
Entering tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic, Turner is averaging 21.7 PPG, 3.6 APG, and 6.9 RPG. If Turner is able to keep up these averages, it would easily be his best season in the NBA.
This type of production is exactly what the Sixers envisioned when the team selected him with the second overall pick four years ago.
The early shooting struggles in his career that kept him from playing at an elite level seem to be a thing of the past. He is currently shooting a career high 45% from the field, but shooting a terrible 15% from behind the arc. This has been the only real knock on Turner’s game thus far this season.
Teams around the league are starting to take notice of Evan Turner’s increased production. Several teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Cleveland Cavaliers are said to have some degree of interest in the swingman.
Should the Sixers sell high on Turner at the trade deadline this upcoming February?
If the Sixers were to trade him, what exactly could they get in return?
Earlier this week, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded another former second overall pick who has struggled to live up to the expectations in Derrick Williams. Minnesota sent the Arizona star to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute, who is merely a role player in this league.
Williams was averaging just five points per game and had fallen out of the team’s rotation.
With Turner being 12th in the league in scoring, the Sixers could net themselves more than the T-wolves received for Williams. Depending on the teams interested, the Sixers could receive a first round pick of some sort in return, but maybe not an overly talented young player of Turner’s caliber.
Given Turner’s production this year, he could be worth about $9-$10 million annually, if he can keep up his improved play. The Sixers could easily sign him to this type of longterm deal and continue to pair him with the young talent on this roster, but the question that remains is, can he keep up this level of play over the next few years?
Based on what we’ve seen this year and last, I think it is safe to say that Evan Turner has finally turned the corner in his career and is ready to take the leap to being an elite player.
With that said, the Sixers should look to keep Evan Turner longterm.
Evan Turner is a versatile wingman who can play both the two and three position for the Sixers. Depending on who the Sixers take in the upcoming draft, a starting lineup built around Turner, Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Wiggins? Parker?, and Thad Young could have the potential to be one of the best in the league down the road.
Keeping Turner and expecting that he will keep up this production is far from a sure fire thing, but Turner could help this team and be an all star if he truly has turned the corner and continues to play at this level.