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2013 NBA Draft Rumors: Evan Turner to Cleveland, No. 1 Pick to Philly?

As of 10 PM on Wednesday night, the night before the 2013 NBA Draft, a rumor emerged about a possible trade between the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers. This would be the first trade for both squads this summer. The Cavaliers are reportedly (nothing is official, merely a rumor at this point) offering the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner and this year’s 11th pick. This trade, unless the No. 1 pick pulls a Greg Oden, would favor the Sixers heavily. The Cavaliers would be fools to pull the trigger.

Porter, Georgetown’s star SF, has been projected to go No. 1 overall (photo via NBA.com)

As a Sixers fan, however, I’m obligated to say that this trade should happen. In all honesty, I’d do backflips and cry tears of joy if this trade went through. But, I have to ask: why in the world would the Cavaliers ever do this? In his three years in the NBA, Evan Turner has not lived up to expectations, and although Jrue Holiday was an even lower pick in the draft (and look how great he is now), it’s only the eleventh pick. 1 does not equal [Evan Turner and] 11. The Sixers would be winners. No one would be able to argue against that statement.

For the Sixers, this trade would do so much. It would dump Evan’s money, which could go towards free agency (O.J. Mayo, perhaps) or another trade. It would also bring in THE NUMBER ONE OVERALL PICK. The capital letters speak for themselves. With a very talented draft class, the Sixers would have tons of options on who to draft. They don’t really need a point guard, but NBA-ready difference makers like Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, and Cody Zeller would be great ways to use the pick.

Now, you might be saying that is a horrible rumor. Yes, no credible source has reported it, but the Cavaliers are actively shopping the No. 1 pick, making five or six offers already. They clearly value NBA talent more than the pick, so them offering the Sixers a deal for a player their scouts value more than ours is not out of the question.

If this trade were to go through, the Sixers could get rid of Turner and they would get a ton of options to draft with the number one overall pick. The Cavs would be really stupid for pulling the trigger on this one. But, this is Philadelphia, what do we care if the Cleveland Cavaliers make a mistake with a bad trade? We’d be big winners.

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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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One Comment on “2013 NBA Draft Rumors: Evan Turner to Cleveland, No. 1 Pick to Philly?”

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