Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the San Antonio Spurs could be one team to have interest in Philadelphia 76ers perimeter player Evan Turner.

One rival executive mentioned the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Bobcats as possible destinations via trade, though both teams could also wait until the offseason to see if they could simply sign him then.

Last month, Ken Berger of reported the Spurs as being "unusually aggressive" in the trade market. Project Spurs' own Jesse Blanchard took the Berger news and wrote about the Spurs' tradable assets on the roster. 

Turner is set to make roughly $6.7 million for the remainder of this season and he could be a restricted free agent if the 76ers extend his $8.7 million dollar extension this summer. (Salaries via

This season, under former Spurs assistant and now current head coach Brett Brown, Turner is averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1 steal, 43.3% shooting, and he's shooting 28.9% from 3-point range. 

According to Amick, the 76ers likely won't extend a qualifying offer to Turner this summer and they are seeking a first-round draft pick if he's traded this season. The problem for San Antonio is they likely won't have a top-draft pick, since they are projected to finish as one of the top 5 teams in the Western Conference.

It'll be interesting to see if this rumor carries on any steam as the NBA Trade Deadline date approaches in 14 days on February 20. 


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