People are writing him off already? Why? Is it because he’s not athletic like Derrick Rose? Is it because he’s not explosive like LeBron James? Is it because he is not a scoring dynamo like Kobe Bryant? Or is it because Turner is not getting the gold star “The One” treatment like Kevin Durant? I just overheard some guy cough, but ended up vomiting. I’ve seen too much of Durant from the big networks to vomit for days.
Philly poured a bit over $68 million to field a 2010-2011 team that will not make the playoffs. They will be ranked number eleven among 30 teams in total salary committed for that season. They are ahead of notable playoff teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Oklahoma City Thunder. In short – that’s terrible.
Evan Turner is going to the 2010 NBA Draft once he signed with super agent David Falk. The Kentucky Wildcats starting four, featuring John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, has declared as well. With all the hype surrounding John Wall, it might be difficult to see Evan Turner as the number one guy. He’s not flashy like Wall. He’s not as big as Cousins. He’s not explosive like Vince Carter. Turner does not look like he can score at will like Kobe. He doesn’t scream after dunks like Joakim Noah. Since he’s not any of that then what is he?
There was talk about the Cavs trading for 76ers guard/forward Andre Iguodala. One source seems to indicate the Sixers might ask teams to take Elton brand off their hands, too, in such a deal.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: From MVP candidate to grenade. This is the plight of power forward Elton Brand.
Not long ago, Brand was the straw that stirred the drink for a promising Los Angeles Clippers squad. Then he injured his Achilles. And, despite missing an entire season, managed to get a maximum contract from the Philadelphia 76ers.
From day one, this was a poor match. The 76ers like to run. Brand prefers a slower, half-court game.
There was little interest in a broken down Brand and his big ticket. So the cellar-dwelling 76ers have resorted to packaging him with the marketable Andrew Iguodala.
Bottom line: if a team wants ‘Iggy’ they have to take Brand.
There are two problems with this strategy. First, few teams have the cap space and resources to assume Brand and Iguodala’s combined salary of $26 million. Those that do aren’t interested.
Second, Brand and Iguodala's hefty price tag means the 76ers would surely have to take back a problem contract in a trade. The rebuilding 76ers need young assets, expiring contracts, and draft picks to pair with Evan Turner. They don’t need a frustrated, overpaid veteran to lead the kids astray.
There's no easy way for the 76ers to free themselves of Brand.
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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last night, the Indiana Pacers’ struggles were temporarily forgotten when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-86 and made national highlight packages with a pair of fierce facials.
Facial one: newly acquired table-setter Darren Collison stole the ball, sped to the hoop, and powered over fellow little-man Lou Williams.
Facial two: T.J. Ford, freed from Coach Jim O'Brien's bench, tossed an over-the-shoulder pass to Josh McRoberts, who then welcomed Evan Turner to the NBA by giving the rookie poster job treatment.
Pacer-nation hasn’t had much to cheer for. Not lately, at least. However, Collison and McRoberts gave the former Eastern Conference power some much-needed shine and publicity.
While Indiana fans undoubtedly loved both dunks, HoopsVibe News wants to know which facial you preferred: Collison or McRoberts?
Watch the above videos, form your opinion, and get at us with that opinion in the comment box below.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Before The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010 begins on July 1st, there's this thing called the NBA draft on Thursday.
Reports indicate this year's class is stacked with talented guards. Of course, John Wall is the consensus first overall pick and will likely wind up at the one-spot for the Washington Wizards. And word is the Philadelphia 76ers want athletic swing Evan Turner.
However, other great perimeter players are available and CNNSI has a video breakdown of the guards who'll be waiting in the green room for their names to be called by Commissioner David Stern.
So watch the clip and tell us what guard you like in the comment box below.
Another Western Conference exec uses the word “redundancy” to describe the Turner-Iguodala pairing, since both layers need the ball in their hands to be effective. “There’s not enough floor space for the two of them,” he says. The selection of Turner “might lead them to do commit to trading Iguodala,” he says. Now, that’s an idea.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled in free agent Elton Brand with a max' deal and re-signed Andre Iguodala. This inside-outside duo was supposed to change the fortunes of the mediocre 76ers, helping this classic franchise consistently qualify for the playoffs.
Clearly, the plan has failed. And management is now looking to cut costs and clean house.
However, this will be easier said than done.
After all, Brand is unmovable because of his poor play, questionable health, and big ticket salary. New coach Doug Collins has no choice but to help the former 20-10 post rediscover his past form.
So the 76ers are considering drafting athletic swing Evan Turner and trading their current pogo-stick, three-man in Iguodala. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a market for Iggy, either.
While Iguodala is a good player, he has four years and $55 million remaining on his contract. Few teams, if any, want such a massive financial commitment on their books, especially in a down economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement about to change.
Regardless of who they draft, the 76ers are likely stuck with Brand and Iguodala. These two will become Philadelphia fixtures like the Rocky statue and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Only the people of Philadelphia won't see them in quite the same light.
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