Sixers ready to part ways with Turner

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Last night was the deadline for NBA teams to offer extensions to potential free agents. In a move that wasn’t surprising the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t offer an extension to their top player, Evan Turner. According to Turner negotiations never even got under way.

The 76ers swingman, who’s arguably the team’s best player, was not offered an extension past this season. The league-mandated deadline to do that was Thursday night.

“There was nothing whatsoever,” Turner said Friday morning of contract negotiations with the Sixers. “Nothing was done. That’s it.

“There was nothing to talk about. There was no discussion.” (Philly.com)

Turner wasn’t surprised by this, he actually expected it. The reason being the new general manager, Sam Hinkie. Ever since he arrived in Philadelphia he’s been making chances in an attempt to make the team the way he wants. That was evident by the draft night trade of Jrue Holiday, not offering Turner an extension was his next play.

“I didn’t expect anything, because Hinkie is not my GM,” Turner said. “I didn’t come up with Hinkie or anything. He has his own plan for stuff, and that’s pretty much it.”(Philly.com)

The Sixers can still offer Turner a qualifying offer by June 30th which would make him a restricted free agent. I’d say it’s more likely they trade him by the leagues trade deadline. It’s obvious that he’s not in the Sixers future plans so it’s best to get something for him.

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