Report: Spurs tried to trade for Evan Turner before Pacers got him

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Evan Turner played his way out of the NBA cellar before the trade deadline. Apparently, the only question was which championship contender he’d join.

The Pacers traded for Turner, but reportedly he could have been a Spur.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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Though trading for a player on an expiring contract is quite different than signing him to a multi-year deal, these teams coveting Tuner should still boost the perception of him.

I just wouldn’t mention that the 76ers had to lower their asking price for him.f