Philadelphia had high hopes for Evan Turner after drafting him with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
After three and a half mostly underwhelming seasons with the Sixers however, Turner’s time with the team came to an end, and he was shipped to the Pacers in a deadline deal that netted the Sixers a second-round pick.
There were expectations again in Indiana, as many thought the addition of Turner would solidify the Pacers’ playoff chances. Instead, Turner struggled in Indiana and could not find consistent minutes as the Pacers made their playoff push. Indiana’s season came to a disappointing end and Turner, a free agent who was just a few years removed from being one of the top collegiate players in the country, faced an uncertain future.
Free agency began and rumors were generated faster than they could be reported, but aside from a few whispers here and there, Evan Turner was not a topic of conversation.