Philly.com's Michael Kaskey-Blomain reports some Indiana Pacers are not to thrilled with the play of Evan Turner. All-Star center Roy Hibbert said there were "some selfish dudes" in the Pacers locker room and everyone is pretty sure he is talking about Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson. NBA Insider Ric Bucher says the Pacers have run into problems ever since acquiring Turner, who was supposed to put the team over the top.
Since acquiring Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Sixers at the trade deadline, and signing former-Sixer cancer Andrew Bynum, the Pacers have fallen from a dominant No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to a team clinging to a one game lead over the Miami Heat for home-court advantage throughout the East. Indiana is just 4-6 over their last 10 games and are spiraling.
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 26 games for the Pacers, the 25-year-old is averaging only 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists on .397 shooting from the field in 20.7 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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