NBA Trade Rumors: Pacers acquire Evan Turner from Sixers

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Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers have acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Danny Granger.

It was a deal announced slightly after the NBA’s Trade Deadline, but it’s a big one.  The Pacers get a huge upgrade at SG/SF in Turner (the No. 2 overall pick in 2010) and add Allen to an already deep bench — furthering their aspirations for a title run.

Unfortunately for Turner’s fantasy owners, his move to Indianapolis will only drop him in value.  Turner was already cooling off after an extremely hot start to the season, and having to come off the bench and compete for minutes with Paul George and Lance Stephenson is going to hinder any upside he may have had with the Sixers, or any other team.

The former Ohio State Buckeye is averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 34.9 minutes this season, but those numbers will come down dramatically.  His lackluster February totals — 12.8 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 dimes — are in the range of what owners should expect from him here on out — and it could get worse.  10 points might even be his ceiling, assuming his playing time will drop down into the 26-30 minute range.

Granger, who is owned in 46.4 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues, is an interesting player to consider at this point.  He was really struggling in all aspects of his game with the Pacers, and finding himself as a top-three option in Philly could rejuvenate his spirits.

Knee and back issues have sapped the one-time star of a lot of his basketball abilities, but he has an expiring contract, so there’s lots of motivation for him.  Leaving all his stats up to this point aside, it’s conceivable to think Granger could average 16 points, six rebounds and possibly two 3-pointers a game the rest of the way.  All that depends on his health, but he’s definitely worth a flier in even the shallowest of leagues.

As for Lavoy Allen, any value he had for the three hours following the Spencer Hawes trade to Cleveland, is now shot, and he can remain on all waiver wires.


Topics: Evan Turner, Fantasy Basketball, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers

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