Could Evan Turner Be Traded to the Bulls?

Photo: Matt Slocum/AP

Photo: Matt Slocum/AP

The Sixers have their eyes set on the horizon, and odds are they expect not to have Evan Turner in their ship by the time they reach their destination.

It’s widely expected that Turner will be dealt by the end of the season, and rightfully so. The Sixers are looking to get younger, while other teams are looking to win now. So why not deal Turner — who has an expiring contract and has been playing well these first games of the 2013-14 season — while his value is there?

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com has come up with a scenario that seems to fit. The Chicago Bulls are now without Derrick Rose for the foreseeable future. Why not take Turner — a Chicago native — to replace their star?

Turner is ranked 12th in the NBA in scoring this season with 21.7 points per game. He’s averaging 6.9 boards and 3.0 assists each contest, making 45.6% of his shots.

Rose was performing below his usual standards, averaging 15.9 PPG and 4.3 APG.

Shorr-Parks went into a trade scenario:

With Turner making just over $6 million this season, it’s hard to see a player on the Bulls who could be traded straight up and work under the cap. One possibility is a package involving Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell, which would work financially. The Bulls might be willing to include a first round pick, since they are clearly a team trying to win now. It is also possible a third-team could get involved.

This is speculation, but it’s a good fit. Turner has value now — Sam Hinkie and the Sixers front office simply need to decide when the time to pull the trigger is.

 

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