Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports former-Sixer Evan Turner needed to be pulled away from new teammate Lance Stephenson at practice the night before the Pacers' Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Wojnarowski reports Turner was cut and cursing at Stephenson during the fistfight.
The Indiana Pacers have struggled mightily since acquiring Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Sixers for Danny Granger and a second-round pick. Indiana has lost more games (14) in the 29 games since acquiring Turner than they did in the 54 games prior to the trade (13).
The fight with Stephenson isn't the first report of unrest with Turner and the Pacers. It was just last week reports surfaced that Indiana teammates had labeled Turner (along with Stephenson) as selfish.
Sounds like trouble in paradise.
Turner's play has dropped off mightily since the trade which is the exact opposite of what he was hoping. He was averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists on .428 shooting from the field in 37.4 minutes per game in Philadelphia when he was traded. In 27 games for the Pacers, the 25-year-old is averaging only 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists on .411 shooting from the field in 21.1 minutes per game in Indiana.
Turner was trying to capitalize and cash in on a max contract this offseason but since the trade to Indiana his play has dropped off and the team that acquired him, which looked like a powerhouse in the East, has stumbled at the worst possible time. All of this does not bode well for Turner as he heads into free agency this summer.
Maybe only getting a second round pick for Turner was actually good value? Because the guy playing in Indiana doesn't look good.
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