Oct 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots a jump shot as Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) defends during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Heat 114-110. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Miami Heat rejected Evan Turner for Udonis Haslem trade

The Miami Heat were said to be interested in Evan Turner before the NBA’s trade deadline and it was even suggested that the Heat had the needed pieces to get a deal done.

That piece would have been a draft pick and power forward Udonis Haslem, but the Heat decided to decline the Philadelphia 76ers offer – not because it was bad for basketball reasons – but because it wouldn’t have sent the correct message.

Per the Miami Herald:

ESPN commentator and Herald contributor Dan Le Batard reported today that the Heat last week rejected Philadelphia’s trade offer of Evan Turner for Udonis Haslem because trading Haslem, who sacrificed more than $10 million to sign here, would not be sending the right message.

The ‘right message’ was that the Heat didn’t want to trade away Haslem given his previous sacrifices for the team.

It ends up being a pretty significant decision on the part of the Heat given Miami could have walked away from Turner’s contract at season end while Haslem has a $4.6 million dollar player option for next year.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Wrong message my AZZ, i hope the Heat still feels that way watching the Finals on TV

    • Dc. Jones

      I concur. The Clippers will it all if they stay healthy. They have it all now. An outstanding point guard, strong bench, clutch shooting, experience, speed, power, rebounding and defense just added. Doc knows what it takes. Pat Riley has slow to the switch. He could have wrap it up with a guarantee with Byum, and Turner or Granger.

      • Real M-Fing talk !!!

        One thing Pat “my head has been deemed a fire hazard” Riley fails to understand…. his team has been to 3 straight finals , looking for a 4th… that is a lot of basketball, and a new face, with fresh legs and energy would motivate others on the team…. Pat “i was a body double for Freddy cougar” Riley probably judge players based on individual talent, normally i have no issues with that… BUT not when you have the greatest player in Basketball, who raises the play of others… Think how nice a Gortat , or Better a Hawes would look on Miami down the stretch… Philly was begging for someone to take him.. how long can you put everything and Lebron’s back before he walks away from the Heat… Now the heat have players like..douglas, Haslem, jones whom they never use. why keep them.. sign them back in the off season if you want them so bad

  • kc

    Bullshit. Is anyone (besides idiot Heat fans) going to believe the meathead Dan LeBetard?? He’s just a Miami Heat fan that was scared of the Pacers, and now even more so because they have Evan Turner. Just wants to make people think “well, the Heat didn’t want him, so he’s obviously not that good/not going to help Indy that much.”

    The Heat would’ve taken him if they could’ve gotten him. They need a player like E.T. Nice try LeRetard.

  • jesse

    Most of you think evan turner is going to be a factor. Sure his stats look descent. But have you seen his PER? one of the worst in the league.

  • Ricky

    Evan Turner stinks! He can’t play defense and has an average jump shot at best!

    • Dc. Jones

      I guess you have intelligent fans and some who aren’t so bright. Are you kidding me. I truly hope you do not believe that crap you just wrote. I’m glad you are not the GM.