Following back-to-back historically bad losses, it is evident that things may have to give sooner rather than later on the 76ers front. We are still nine days away from the NBA’s trade deadline, but given how poorly the Sixers have played on their current seven-game losing streak, the Sixers may not have time to wait until the trade deadline to begin selling players. If the team realistically wants to look at moving Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes before the deadline, then they need to begin to get progress with teams that have likely already show interest in one of the three, to the point where terms of a potential trade are actually being discussed.
Per Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Charlotte Bobcats appear to be the team most interested in the services of Turner.
The Bobcats are absolutely serious about pursuing Turner, per several league sources, and the Sixers could take on Ben Gordon’s expiring contract along with one of Charlotte’s extra first-rounders (likely the 2014 pick Portland owes it) if that closes the deal.
Lowe also believes that the Sixers are in a good situation to sell, because they have more than ten million available in cap space, which could help them to aid a team like the Bobcats in paying for Turner for the rest of the year. If the teams decide not to go that route, then they Sixers also have cap space to take back a guy like Ben Gordon for the remainder of the season.
Last Friday, Sam Amick of USA Today suggested that not only the Bobcats were interested in Turner, but the San Antonio Spurs as well.
And in the final episode of Fear Factor, we have the case of Evan Turner (another Falk client). The fourth-year swingman is having a very productive season, averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. But the price for that production in his forthcoming restricted free agency (if he’s extended the qualifying offer) is likely too rich for the 76ers’ blood, meaning they’d rather net a first-round draft pick in return for him and continue their rebuilding efforts with a more salary-cap friendly situation. One rival executive mentioned the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Bobcats as possible destinations via trade, though both teams could also wait until the offseason to see if they could simply sign him then.
Turner appears to be one of the most coveted players available at the trade deadline, and given his 17.4 points per-game, mixed with the six rebounds and nearly four assists he is averaging, it isn’t hard to see why.
In the end, the Sixers may get a higher return from a team like the Spurs, who stand a better chance of resigning Turner to a long-term deal than a team like the Bobcats, both because of the market they are in and the fact that the Spurs are a much more formidable team to play the prime of your career with than the Bobcats.