The NBA trade deadline is coming up fast, as teams have now less than a month to decide what they want to do on the trade market. This means that teams who are looking to buy need to find teams looking to sell and a mutual price needs to be agreed upon of the players teams are selling.
One of the teams looking to sell are the Philadelphia 76ers, who appear to be floating veterans Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young on the market. The question for fans is which one of the two is more likely to be traded, and Tim Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times seems to think that the Sixers will part ways with Turner before they deal Young.
I think Turner is more likely to be traded than Young, who has two more years on his contract, by the Feb. 20 deadline. Sam Hinkie doesn’t seem to be committed to dealing Turner, Young or impending free agent center Spencer Hawes unless he gets a fair price in return. He’d love to acquire another first-round pick (preferably in 2014), but teams probably won’t be willing to give up that much for a two-month rental (Turner will become an unrestricted free agent unless the Sixers or whoever he plays for picks up his $8.7 million qualifying offer for 2014-15). I wouldn’t be shocked if they don’t deal any of their three core veterans.
Both players could ultimately be moved by the deadline, and so too could Spencer Hawes. The Sixers want draft picks though, and they’ll trade any veteran it takes to get another pick in the first-round this summer.