NBA analyst Jared Zwerling reports that the Sixers would trade Evan Turner "in a heartbeat" and Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters "works" in a deal.
Turner, 25, is having the best season of his career coming at a good time as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Turner is averaging a team-high 20.4 points per game while grabbing 6.8 rebounds and dishing out 3.9 assists which is higher than his career average of 11.1/5.5/3.2.
Waiters, who was selected fourth overall out of Syracuse, is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. In 12 games this season (nine starts) with the Cavaliers, the 22-year-old is averaging 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 41.9% from the field. His numbers are down slightly, except for rebounds, from his rookie season when he averaged 14.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
Waiters stock was falling as of a few weeks ago but he has seemed to have turned it around a bit while Turner's stock looks to have plateaued due to poor team play and his habit of whining about seemingly ever call. Waiters is younger and cheaper than Turner which would be appealing to the rebuilding 76ers.
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