It is safe to say that Evan Turner has failed to live up to the lofty expectations of Sixers fans since being drafted second overall in 2010.
The Sixers’ swingman is in the final year of his rookie contract and set to make $6.7 million. However, with new general manager Sam Hinkie, it does not seem as though Turner fits his philosophy. Hinkie is known across the basketball world as an analytic guru, with efficiency being a top priority. Through his first three seasons in Philadelphia, Turner has proven to be anything but that. His tendencies to settle for long, contested jump shots do not seem to have any sort of role on a Hinkie-run team.
Regardless, Turner’s name came up in trade rumors a season ago and will certainly be a popular name again leading up to the trade deadline. Philadelphia has until June 30 to offer him a $8.7 million qualifying offer. If not, he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. If Hinkie and the Sixers do choose to offer Turner the $8.7 million, they will have the right to match any offer sheet that he signs with another team.
According to Turner, the two sides have not discussed his future with the team.
“We haven’t spoken on it. There’s nothing really to speak on. Whatever happens, happens. Hinkie is not my GM. He doesn’t owe me anything. We’re going in different directions and everything like that.”
It sounds as though Turner is preparing for his future elsewhere. However, if we have learned anything during Hinkie’s time in Philadelphia thus far it is to expect the unexpected.