Turner, Sixers ‘going in different directions’
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON – Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, did not receive an extension on his rookie contract Thursday before the midnight deadline and seems resigned to a future somewhere other than Philadelphia.
“[First-year 76ers general manager Sam] Hinkie is not my GM. He doesn’t owe me anything,” Turner said Friday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. “… We’re going in different directions and everything like that.”
Turner, 24, is in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract that pays him approximately $6.7 million this season, making him a possible trade candidate. Philadelphia has until June 30 to offer him a $8.7 million fifth-year qualifying offer or he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. If the Sixers extend the qualifying offer, Turner will become a restricted free agent, allowing Philadelphia to match any offer he receives from another team.
But he said his agent, David Falk, had not spoken with the Sixers.
“We haven’t spoken on it,” Turner said. “There’s nothing really to speak on. Whatever happens, happens.”
Turner (6-7, 205) has not lived up to fans’ lofty expectations since the Sixers selected the 2009-10 NCAA player of the year out of Ohio State.
Turner averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game last season while starting all 82 games for the first time in his career. He shot 41.9 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the foul line, and his production declined across the board after the All-Star break.
He had a game-high 26 points, four rebounds and five assists in the Sixers’ season-opening victory against Miami on Wednesday.
Turner previously said he expected to be traded during the offseason after the Sixers dealt All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie center Nerlens Noel and a first-round draft pick in 2014. He remains unsure if he’ll last the season in Philadelphia, let alone return next season.
“I really don’t know, to tell you the truth,” Turner said. “[Hinkie] just traded Jrue, and Jrue is like a walking … [For more on Evan Turner, Sixers 'going in different directions', click here.]