While there were some big former collegiate names who did not have their NBA rookie contracts renewed this week, few names were bigger than Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Turner, who was selected second overall in the 2010 NBA Draft has been a pretty big disappointment since entering the league and would have been due to receive over $8 million dollars next season, a price new GM Sam Hinkie isn’t interested in paying as the team looks to rebuild.
The former Ohio State star didn’t seem too worried about the situation, suggesting that both he and the club are going in different directions:
“[First-year 76ers general manager Sam] Hinkie is not my GM. He doesn’t owe me anything,” Turner said Friday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. “… We’re going in different directions and everything like that. We haven’t spoken on it,” Turner said. “There’s nothing really to speak on. Whatever happens, happens.”
Sounds like a guy reserved to the fact that he won’t be around much longer.
In all likelihood, assuming the Sixers don’t have much interest in bringing Turner back, he’ll be one of the more popular names come February’s NBA trade deadline.