According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the San Antonio Spurs could be one team to have interest in Philadelphia 76ers perimeter player Evan Turner.
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.
Last month, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported the Spurs as being "unusually aggressive" in the trade market. Project Spurs' own Jesse Blanchard took the Berger news and wrote about the Spurs' tradable assets on the roster.
Turner is set to make roughly $6.7 million for the remainder of this season and he could be a restricted free agent if the 76ers extend his $8.7 million dollar extension this summer. (Salaries via BasketballInsiders.com)
This season, under former Spurs assistant and now current head coach Brett Brown, Turner is averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1 steal, 43.3% shooting, and he's shooting 28.9% from 3-point range.
According to Amick, the 76ers likely won't extend a qualifying offer to Turner this summer and they are seeking a first-round draft pick if he's traded this season. The problem for San Antonio is they likely won't have a top-draft pick, since they are projected to finish as one of the top 5 teams in the Western Conference.
It'll be interesting to see if this rumor carries on any steam as the NBA Trade Deadline date approaches in 14 days on February 20.
No, this doesn't make any sense. Turner can't guard his own shadow, and certainly not Durant. For a trade, maybe Nando for Datome in Detroit. More likely is to let Shannon Brown walk, and re-sign Stephen Jackson, yet again. If Jack will sit face to face with Pop and tell him he will do whatever he wants, and not complain about Kawhi or Danny and be a good teammate, they will take Jackson back. Jackson now realizes he is not in demand, and the Spurs could use him for a few precious spot minutes. Looks like a deal to me.
How about something smaller in scope (and more realistic). Rumour has it Indy is looking for some bench scoring - maybe something like Nando for Solomon Hill would work. Hill seems like a Spurs guy to me; hardworking, good character, constantly developing his game. He has a decent three point shot, is a natural passer and flashed some potential at the summer league. Good all rounder stuck behind some great Pacer wings. We would get a young back up SF who is under rookie contract for 3-4 years at a reasonable price. They get a little scoring punch in their bench guard rotation. It's a low risk medium reward move - one I'd like to see
If you wanna bring up some trade ideas, bring some more realistic ones without being bias on the Spurs, this isn't like playing Fantasy Draft. Most of the trade scenario you Spurs writers referred using the ESPN trade machine just don't work in reality. Financial equality is just one of the many variables.
By the way, am I the only person on this planet who thinks the player on the 76ers the Spurs should be looking to rent for the remainder of the season is Spencer Hawes? He's a top 10 center right now for probably the same asking price as Turner. 13.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks a game; can stretch the floor (is shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc this season), and is a great passer (3.4 assists this season). Our bench that is already tops in the league and would only get better. Quite a bit better I think.
I think Bonner is expendable, as is either Joseph or del Colo (we need one around with our injury problems). A backup SF would be great, but I would look towards someone like Dunleavy, who would be a lot cheaper (3 million a year) and would be around for two years, at least gives an effort on the defensive end, and only takes the shots that are given to him.
I don't think it's a great fit, but Pop may be seeing a diamond in the rough. Personally, I'd like to see the following trade: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=lqhopn4
Spurs would probably need to give a 2nd rounder to the Wizards and their 2015 first rounder to the 76ers. Might not be worth it in the end, but I think Ariza would fit perfectly into the Spurs system.
Not really a good fit to be honest. He's a ball-dominant wing who doesn't shoot the 3 well (28.9%). Also not being mentioned is how poor of a defender he is. What we need is a wing who can defend and rebound, not a guy who needs the ball in his hands to score and can't shoot from outside. His numbers are also inflated from playing on a bad team. Now, I do think Turner would likely improve in the Spurs system and it's enticing to add a player like that (and former #2 overall pick) to the roster, & if we can get him for cheap then so be it. But I would much rather pursue a guy like Taj Gibson. We need an athletic F who can rebound & block shots, as well as hit open jumpers. That's really what this team is missing. Taj Gibson is the best fit. Only issue with him is he still has 3 years left on his contract. Either way, the Spurs need to actually make a trade in the next 11 days because this team, as is, is not good enough to win a Championship. And in my opinion, this really is our last shot.
Hopefully this comes into fruition. De Colo, Bonner, 1st round pk. And if they ask for more, give them either Hanga or Bertans(But not both). That "should" satisfy and shut them off. Leonard's injury was an eye opener to the team. We can lose Manu or TP but somebody from the bench can pinch hit for them since we got a surplus of guards. But there's no one to replace Leonard. Get this deal workin'.
I have thought for a while that Turner might be a guy we could use. He is also somebody we may be able to grow with in the post Dincan/Manu era. Turner and Leonard would make a great 2/3 going forward and I hope we can find a deal that works here.
Both in college and in the NBA, Turner was known as a versatile player who can do some of everything. Some question his athleticism; his skills were supposed to translate into a better NBA player, especially as a first rounder. He has good work ethic though and doesn't have to hold the ball.
I think much of his problem with the 76ers is not having a defined role. At this level, he's not talented enough to be an all everything player. I think if you shorten his responsibilities as a player, he would be more effective. His shooting percentage and shot selection needs to improve. He's a good rebounder for his size and a good but not great defender. He also can handle the ball, if you don't ask him to do too much.
In sum, I think Turner would be an ideal Spur. The potential is there. In some games, he plays like an all-star, then disappears during others. The Spurs have the coaching and system to maximize his talents as a player.
I admittedly don't know much, if anything, about Turner. How is he on defense, and is the increase in his scoring average related to his actual talent or overinflated? More importantly, what's his basketball IQ, and do some of you PSers think he'd adjust quickly enough this season (assuming a trade happens) to fit the system and make an impact within it?
I did the trade machine and by trading the broken nose bro. (BONNER AND DE COLO) It nearly equal turner paycheck.. do it, come FO take a chance.
@projectspurs Let Chip Engelland work on Turner's jumper and he could be very efficient as a 2/3 in our system.
@PaulGarciaPS but they could have two second-rounders! Yeah!
Spurs would have to throw in Green or Diaw with Bonner plus a first round. I'm positive he can help and the Spurs would resign him. Worth it for me, even though I'd prefer Greg Monroe.
@RaymondTrevino We can't give up Diaw as the team is reed thin on the frontline.