24 hours ago, the chances that the Sixers moved Evan Turner prior to this afternoon’s 3 P.M. EST trade deadline seemed slim at best, as teams were interested in his services, just not if it meant parting ways with a first-round pick.
With just hours before the deadline, it appears slim at best that a team won’t step up to acquire Turner, as CBS Sports’ Ken Berger is reporting that the Sixers have removed the demand for a first-round pick in a potential Turner deal.
Unable to secure a 1st-round pick in a deal for Evan Turner, Sixers may now take a 2nd as part of package for ’10 No. 2 pick, sources say.
This seems to play into the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, who have been “aggressively pursuing” Evan Turner this week (per B/R’s Ric Bucher), but have balked at the idea of giving up a draft pick that almost certainly will fall somewhere between 12th and 17th, even if the ‘Cats do make the playoffs.
If a package were to be completed, it would likely send Turner to Charlotte for their second-round pick, and the expiring contract of shooting-guard Ben Gordon.
Should the Bobcats decide to go in another direction, for whatever reason, don’t be surprised to see a team like the Spurs jump back into trade talks, as they had been interested in Turner, just not for the price of a first-round pick.
Ultimately, regardless of whether Turner ever lived up to his status as number two overall pick in Philly, if a small forward who can create scoring opportunities and averages nearly 17 and a half points per game is available for the price of a bad contract and a second round pick, it’s hard to see a world where some team doesn’t trade for Turner.
If the Sixers do land another second-round pick in a Turner trade, it would give them four picks in the second round of this Summer’s draft, in addition to the two that they already own in the first-round.