The Philadelphia 76ers went into last weeks trade deadline with a distinct plan and high hopes. They ended up getting a lot of draft picks, which was what the plan was, but they were all second-round picks, which wasn’t quite the plan. Evan Turner was looking to net the Sixers a first-rounder, but after buying out Danny Granger this week, Philly has ended up with just another second-round pick.
However, we’re now learning that the 76ers were indeed offered a first-round pick for Evan Turner — just not this year. According to beat writer Tom Moore notes that back in 2013, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was offered a 2013 first-round pick for Turner but rejected the trade.
Heard Hinkie had been offered a first-round pick for Turner at 2013 draft.
— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) February 27, 2014
This would have then given the Sixers more first-round picks in 2013 as they traded Jrue Holiday for first-round picks during the draft. It’s not clear who offered the trade, as it could have been a team at the back of the first-round, but there was apparently an offer on the table.