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Evan Turner trade rumors: Philadelphia 76ers trade of Turner very close?

Evan Turner could get traded before the 2014 NBA trade deadline.
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Evan Turner trade rumors have taken a turn this week. The Philadelphia 76ers have been looking to trade Evan Turner for a while now, but now the demands in a return package may have been lowered. According to a report from CBS basketball analyst Ken Berger on Wednesday night (Feb. 19), the team has backed off needing a first round pick in exchange for the former Ohio State star.

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The small forward was one of the few players in the league to start all 82 games during the 2012-13 NBA season. He was a very strong contributor for the team and was averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. This season he is now averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He is scoring more points in fewer minutes and might be considered an integral part of the 76ers offense. Dealing him would be quite a hit on the team, but they appear to be building for the future again.

The Evan Turner trade rumors come up now because he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the current season. The team has the money to extend him long-term, but it could also become a very expensive endeavor. Trading him while his value is at its highest could net a pick or two and that is what the front office is hoping. A team could certainly get a few months for a bargain price now, suggesting something could definitely take place before the NBA trade deadline.

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