The trade deadline expired at 3:00 EST, and the only reports of any potential Evan Turner trade going down where the ones that had him linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, in a potential trade for Chris Kaman. (That trade was nothing more than speculation, as Kaman was linked to the Sixers, but the selling Lakers would have no use for Turner)
As it turned out, just prior to the trade-window closing, the Sixers did complete a blockbuster, that will send Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers, for small foward Danny Granger, per Yahoo! Sports’ Andrian Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia is sending Evan Turner as part of a package to the Pacers for Danny Granger, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Granger once seemed destined to be a star, but injuries and the development of Paul George, didn’t leave enough minutes for Granger to reach that potential in Indiana. Even if he does eventually reach that level, it likely won’t be with the Sixers, as he has an expiring contract.
As for the Pacers, as if signing Andrew Bynum wasn’t enough of a reason, but taking both Allen and Turner might have turned Philadelphia into a city that will be rooting hard for LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win the Eastern Conference this year, rather than a Pacers team that is now filled with players that weren’t exactly fan-favorites.
Seriously though, how awkward is it going to be that Evan Turner was talking shit on Andrew Bynum yesterday, and now they are in the same locker room? That one should be fun.
Stay tuned to Section 215 for more analysis on this trade, and all things Sixers……