Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Sixers have traded versatile wing Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers for former-All Star Danny Granger. ESPN's Zach Lowe reports the Pacers are also sending a second-round pick to Philadelphia.
Granger, who turns 31 in April, is averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 29 games this season for the Pacers. He only appeared in five games lat year due to injury. His best season came in 2009 when he averaged 25.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game en route to being selected to the All Star team and as the NBA's Most Improved Player. Granger became expendable with the emergence of Paul George as the go-to man in Indianapolis. Granger does have an expiring $14 million contract and the Sixers have a ton of cap space.
Turner, 25, is in the midst of his best season as a pro averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Turner's numbers are solid but they are empty. He has not hit the three consistently, he goes through scoring slumps then redeems himself by stringing together a few big nights, and his attitude has been called into question.
Allen, 25, played his college ball at Temple and high school ball at Pennsbury so this is probably a shock to him. He is right around his career-average at this point in the season averaging 5.2 points per game which is dead even with his career average of 5.2 points but is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game which is up from his 4.9 career average.
The Sixers were as clear as possible in October when they not only didn't sign him to an extension before the October 31st deadline but general manager Sam Hinkie did not even open negotiations with Turner's agent David Falk.
The point is Turner was more valuable to the Sixers elsewhere at this point. If they did not unload him before Thursday's deadline then likely would have watched him walk in restricted free agency without getting any compensation.
All in all it was a good move.
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