The other night, Oklahoma City’s Royal Ivey and Hasheem Thabeet were featured on Kiss Cam. Ivey, the former 76ers guard, didn’t seem to mind. Thabeet, on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with the gag. He stood up from the bench and walked out of the camera shot. It’s not uncommon for players, like Ivey and Thabeet, to crane their necks and glance at the big screen during games. Evan Turner swears he isn’t one of them. So Saturday, in first- and third-quarter timeouts, Turner promises that he did not see a message that flashed across the Wells Fargo Center’s screen — advertising 25-percent discounts on Sixers apparel bearing his name and number. “I couldn’t care less,” Turner said. “I don’t pay attention to what goes on (off the court) during the game.” Maybe the Sixers are simply trying to move product at an affordable price. Or maybe they’re attempting to sell off Turner’s gear prior to the Feb. 20 trade deadline, when he may no longer be with the team. That’s conjecture, anyway. Turner’s future with the Sixers, meanwhile, isn’t up for debate. The fourth-year swingman is in the final year of his rookie deal. The Sixers have until June 30 to extend to Turner an $8.71 million qualifying offer. That’s unlikely to happen, though doing so would allow the Sixers to match any offers the 25-year-old gets this offseason. Without that qualifying offer, Turner will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. It seems inevitable that Turner and the Sixers, the team that drafted him second overall in 2010, will sever ties at the conclusion of this season, if not sooner.
Sixers will need discount to pay for Turner
Delco Times | Jan 27