The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports the Bobcats have looked into acquiring Evan Turner but nothing is imminent at this time. At the same time, Fox Sports' Sam Amico reports the Dallas Mavericks will explore a deal to acquire Turner as well.
Between the two teams, Charlotte is definitely the more interesting of the two options and, as it stands, more realistic. The Bobcats have up to three picks in the 2014 draft with their own (but could be traded to Chicago to finish the Tyrus Thomas deal if it is not a top-10 pick), the Pistons' (which will head to Charlotte if it is out of the top-eight), and the Trail Blazers' (which will head to Charlotte if it is outside the top-12).
It is a pretty safe bet that Portland's pick won't be in the top-12 so they are likely working with at least one first-round pick. Bonnell points out the Sixers have a ton of cap space and could be a good partner to take Ben Gordon's $13.2 million expiring contract at the end of the season. The Bobcats would likely have to send cash along with it to help offset how much the Sixers have to pay.
Evan Turner to Charlotte for Ben Gordon's expiring contract, Portland's first-round pick in 2014, and cash. That seems like a fair deal for someone the Sixers most likely won't retain if he stays in Philadelphia for the rest of the season.
The Mavericks likely won't have a first-round pick in 2014 as their pick, if it falls outside of the top-20, will be headed to Oklahoma City. They do have their first-round pick for 2015 which, according to recent chatter, has been the focus of Sam Hinkie. Hinkie will have to decide whether or not the Sixers put more stock in a pick in the 20s in 2014 or the Mavericks first-rounder in 2015.
The trade deadline is 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 20th.
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