NBA Trade 2013 New & Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Open to Trading Evan Turner; Brandon Jennings-Rajon Rondo Trade Very Possible
After flirting with the idea of trading shooting guard Evan Turner, the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly still open to shopping the former No. 2 overall pick in the coming season, a source close to situation disclosed on Friday.
CSN Philly writer John Gonzalez reported that the Sixers almost traded the versatile shooting guard on draft night but did not receive solid offers from several interested ball clubs.
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"There were rumors following the draft that the Sixers almost traded Turner. According to people inside the organization, however, the Sixers fielded calls about Turner but 'nothing came close' to getting done -- on draft night or since then," Gonzalez reported.
Turner, 24, is one of the most efficient players in the league, with the ability to fill in the three major departments in the boxscore sheet on any given night.
Turner averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 36.5 percent shooting from the three-point line last season. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Turner joined Kevin Durant, Paul George, Paul Pierce, and LeBron James as the only players in the league to contribute at least 13 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists with a 36 percent three-point shooting clip.
While trade rumors surrounding Turner have cooled down lately, the Sixers are still expected to consider offers for the shooting guard until the trade deadline in February.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons are still pursuing a deal for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been in the center of trade rumors for the past couple of months.
Despite trading for Brandon Jennings last week, the on the mend Pistons still hope to add an All-Star playmaker in Rondo. According to Detroit Free Press writer Vincent Ellis, the Pistons might use the newly-acquired Jennings as a trade chip for Rondo, but they can't pull it off until Dec. 15, in accordance with new CBA rules.