NBA Trade Rumors 2013: Philadelphia 76ers Could Trade Evan Turner And Thaddeus Young
The Philadelphia 76ers are off to a surprising start in the 2013-14 NBA season, tied for first with Boston in the Atlantic Division with a 4-4 record, but their early-season success is not expected to change their plan to rebuild in the next few years.
With the emergence of rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the 76ers are expected to engage in trade talks involving veteran players in exchange for expiring contracts or future draft picks.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio said that the 76ers will eventually look to trade former second-overall pick Evan Turner before the deadline, saying that the versatile forward is one of the best trade pieces the team has considering his strong start this season.
Turner, who averaged 23.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first eight games this season, is reportedly on the radar of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, Amico believes that the Dallas Mavericks will be the likely destination for Turner if the 76ers decides to trade him later this season.
One possible scenario is Turner being traded for veteran forward Shawn Marion and a first round draft pick. The deal would give the Mavericks the young veteran that they are looking for, while the 76ers will have financial flexibility and a pick in the stacked draft next offseason, which could be key in their rebuilding.
"A Turner-for-Marion swap works financially and might make sense from a basketball standpoint. If not now, perhaps eventually," Amico said. "It would give the Sixers an expiring deal, but another asset (draft pick) that could be used to help rebuild the team. And Turner would, simply put, give the Mavs another good young scorer."
Aside from Turner, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young, who is off to an impressive start this season, is also expected to draw interest on the trade market.
Young is set to earn $8.6 million this year and $9.1 million next year, plus a player's option for $9.7 million in the final year of his contract.
Young's contract status is not attractive for young teams, but Amico expects title-contending teams to go after the versatile forward, who is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the 2013-14 NBA season.