Why it's hard to trade Evan Turner

Team fit, asking price and financial ramifications make move tough for 76ers

Updated: February 6, 2014, 12:34 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Evan TurnerMark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsEvan Turner, now in his fourth season, is averaging 17.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a game.

It's been no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers have been trying to trade Evan Turner this season; it's reached a point where even the player himself has publicly acknowledged the team's efforts to deal him, and seemingly harbors no ill will about the situation.

Turner is the Sixers' leading scorer, averaging a career-high 17.8 points per game and adding six rebounds and almost four assists per game. He's only 25 years old and has never suffered a major injury. Still, Turner remains untraded, despite every effort to move him for a future first-round pick.

Why aren't the Sixers getting their asking price? Why is it so hard to move him? The answer involves the player, his contract and some lessons from recent history.

Here's a deeper look at the factors complicating a possible Turner trade, and which, if any, teams would be a fit for the 76ers' forward.


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