Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Andrew Bynum shooting some free throws and actually breaking a sweat on the basketball court was an interesting article by philly.com’s John Mitchell in which he stated that the Sixers should “at least explore the possibility” of trading Evan Turner. Trading Turner is a topic that has been written about and debated many times here at Philadunkia over the last year.
Of course Mitchell’s article indicated that Sacarmento’s problem child DeMarcus Cousins would be his top choice for the Sixers to receive in return for Turner. Again, the Turner for Cousins trade is another topic that has been discussed at length here at Philadunkia.com.
Inspired by the “trade Turner” momentum that continues to build here in the comments section on Philadunkia and Mitchell’s article, I reached out to my colleagues and contacts in various NBA front offices to discover what exactly is Evan Turner’s worth on the NBA trade market.
After the jump, I’ll reveal what those NBA folks had to say.
First and foremost I want to note that all of the following comments were given to me on the condition of anonymity. But as with all posts I write quoting “sources” or “contacts”, these are people I have known for years and who’s opinions on the NBA I trust a lot.
When I asked my contacts if there was any chance the Sixers could assemble a package around Turner that would pry Cousins out of Sacramento, one Western Confernce Director of Pro Personnel told me, “No chance. Cousins isn’t that big of an issue. He would literally have to burn down the arena, for me to simply unload him for Turner”.
An Eastern Conference pro scout sent me an email reply saying, “Cousins is significantly better now and has a much higher upside. I know he has maturity issues, but there is still no way I do that deal.”
A third contact of mine, a Western Conference scout had this take, “First of all, it is very difficult to trade a big for a small in this League. But the biggest problem is that ET is not a star. Cousins in the right environment can mature and in a bigger market he could become a star in this League. So, I wouldn’t even consider that deal.”
Finally, one Eastern Confernce advanced scout asked me if, “I was kidding.” And then followed that comment with, “Are they really writing that in the papers in Philly or just on the Internet?”
The Western Confernce Director of Pro Personnel also had this to say, “With the Kings being sold and the Maloofs getting out, I find it hard to believe that any new potential ownership group would allow the team’s biggest talent and the player with the most star potential to be traded.”
Okay, so it seems that we can put to bed the Turner for Cousins topic once and for all. But it was nice to dream about it.
A little more on Turner overall from my emails and phone conversations.
Eastern Confernce advanced scout: “He’s a nice player, but that’s it. Some of us thought he’s would be better suited for the point guard spot in this League, but in limited action at the 1, that has not proven to be true. He still needs the ball in his hands to be successful, but I wouldn’t want him running a team for me.”
Western Conference Director of Pro Personnel: “Even though Turner is having a nice year, I also think he’s been exposed defensively this season. With Iguodala guarding the primary scorer every night last year, Turner thrived guarding second and third options. This season he’s been asked to fill Iguodala’s role and his lack of lateral quickness has really come to the front.”