Feb 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Charlotte Bobcats interest in Evan Turner is 'real'

There have been several reports claiming that the Charlotte Bobcats, among others, are very interested in acquiring Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Evan Turner.

The 76ers wanting to trade Turner rather than pay him and build around rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who has been excellent, another rookie in big man Nerlens Noel, who hasn’t played because of a knee injury, and whoever they pick in this year’s draft makes sense.

If the Bobcats can get Turner without giving up too much, they can solidify themselves as a playoff team because the signing of Al Jefferson has worked out extremely well.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, it will take a first round pick to nab Turner.

The Charlotte Bobcats, clinging to the eighth playoff spot in the East, will be aggressive buyers at the deadline, league sources say. The team’s interest in Sixers guard Evan Turner is real. Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie wants a first-round pick for Turner (and the same for Spencer Hawes). The Bobcats can offer their Detroit pick if they’re serious about making a push.

Turner would obviously be a help to any team trying to secure a playoff bid. The former #2 overall pick is averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.

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