Grantland’s Zach Lowe joined that chorus on Tuesday:
The Bobcats are absolutely serious about pursuing Turner, per several league sources, and the Sixers could take on Ben Gordon’s expiring contract along with one of Charlotte’s extra first-rounders (likely the 2014 pick Portland owes it) if that closes the deal.
It’s a trade that would make sense for both sides.
Yes, Turner’s inflated counting stats are great: 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. But ET fails both the eye test and the advanced stats test. His career-high player efficiency rating (13.3) is well below the league average (15), and he’s averaging a career-low .025 win shares per 48 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference.
Not to mention, he’ll be a restricted free agent this summer, assuming the Sixers extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer to him. His cap hold will be nearly $13.4 million, per ShamSports.com, or 200 percent of his previous salary. Even if the front office doesn’t plan on being active in free agency, that’s a ridiculous amount of money to (temporarily) sink into a player it has no interest in retaining.
Trading for Gordon, whose $13.2 million contract comes off the books in July, would give the Sixers that much more cap room and would allow them to be on the receiving end of a massive salary dump. (Like the Utah Jazz did this past summer with Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins).
Portland’s first-round pick would be the main entrée in the deal, though. Players like Kyle Anderson, Mitch McGary, Sam Dekker or Wayne Selden Jr. could be available toward the bottom of the first round, giving the Sixers a chance to add yet another talented young player to their budding core.
For Charlotte, meanwhile, adding Turner might help push the team into the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history. The Bobcats’ small forwards rank 28th in the league in efficiency, per HoopsStats.com, an area of weakness which Turner could help address. They’d also gain ET’s Bird rights, giving them the right of refusal once he becomes a restricted free agent this summer.
If Sam Hinkie can wrangle a first-round pick for Turner, it’ll be a major heist for the Sixers. Even if it does come attached to Ben Gordon’s corpse.