No Evan Turner Deal In Works For Sixers

February 20 2013 at 8:14am CDT By Luke Adams

A handful of ESPN.com scribes, including Marc Stein, Chad Ford, and Chris Broussard, have reported this month that the 76ers are shopping Evan Turner. However, according to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Sixers don't currently have anything in the works involving Turner.

As Cooney writes, the Sixers are expected to listen to any and all calls leading up to tomorrow's trade deadline, but the team is uninterested in giving up controllable talent for what could be a short-term rental. Reports linking Philadelphia to Josh Smith and J.J. Redick have both noted the Sixers' aversion to giving up picks or young players for those free-agents-to-be.

Although the Sixers' offseason trade of Andre Iguodala opened up a larger role for Turner, whose minutes per game have increased from 26.4 to 36.2, the former second overall pick hasn't become any more productive in his third year. Turner's .427 FG% is below his career rate (.433), while his 12.7 PER is nearly identical to the mark he posted last season (12.6). With one more year remaining on his rookie contract, Turner doesn't appear to be as integral to the Sixers' long-term plans as Jrue Holiday or Thaddeus Young.

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