By now, it has been pretty well reported that the Sixers have been gauging the trade value for Evan Turner. It's likely that they're doing exactly just that, gauging value, rather than actively looking to trade him. But when asked about the Turner trade rumor brought to light by ESPN's Marc Stein, GM Tony DiLeo had this to say: "I don't comment on any trade rumors. We talk to every team in the league and we'll do something if it helps improve our team. I have no comment on any trade rumors." It seems like a pretty run of the mill statement, but rather than putting the rumors down swiftly, DiLeo left things open for interpretation. And with the way the Sixers handled the Andre Iguodala situation, I kind of like what the new Sixers management has done in regards to possible trades.
They send out feelers about their own players, and keep the door open to all possible options, just like they did with Iguodala, and exactly what they're doing with Turner now. There's not necessarily as much of an urgency to trade Turner as there was Iguodala, but it's a move that might make sense. It hasn't been the best of season's for Turner, who is in his third season in the league. He's averaging a career high 13.7 points and 5.5 FG a game, although those are due to the fact that Turner has secured a full time starting role in the lineup this year. It's no secret Turner's a solid player and will continue to be one throughout his NBA career, however long that may be. But his presence on the team as a guard has been a hindrance to the success of the Sixers.
It has become painfully obvious that Turner does not fit into the Sixers offense in his current position, as they frequently force themselves to give him offensive opportunities. Typically, most of those opportunities have to do with him having the ball in his hands. Yet the Ohio State product is rather susceptible to turnovers; his TOV%, or his turnover percentage per 100 plays, is a whooping 14.6%. Coming into the league, Turner was always deemed as a guy who needed the ball in his hands to be effective, and while watching him play in the NCAA, that notion seemed to be correct. But as I've watched him develop in the NBA, I realized the hybrid point guard role is not really one that suits him. As a guard, you need to not only be able to be able to knock down a consistent jump shot, but dish the ball as well. Turner does neither of those things particularly well, and it sets the team back.
Evan Turner's Future And Possible Trade
Liberty Ballers | Feb 10