USA Today's Sam Amick reports a rival executive states the San Antonio Spurs or Charlotte Bobcats could be landing spots for Sixers' small forward Evan Turner. Turner is heading towards restricted free agency at the end of the season and that has teams hesitant about parting with a first round pick as Turner could walk at season's end. The Sixers are reportedly adamant about receiving a first round pick in return.
This is not the first report that has tied Charlotte to Turner. 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 Spurs are interesting because Brett Brown came to the Sixers after spending over a decade on the San Antonio coaching staff. If the Spurs are interested in Turner, you can pretty much bet on Gregg Popovich calling Brown to get the inside scoop on the Sixers' wing.
The trade deadline is 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 20th.
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