Pacers' Granger for 76ers' Turner highlights NBA trade deadline moves

By Brian Mahoney | Associated Press Published:

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more, bold move before Thursday's trade deadline.

Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana agreed to a trade that will send Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal was still pending league approval.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

If the deal goes through, as expected, the Pacers would get two more young forwards -- players who could help them dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title.

The rebuilding 76ers, meanwhile, are getting an injury-prone 30-year-old forward, his expiring contract and another pick in a draft many believe will be rife with talent.

The trade also could help teams on both ends of the NBA's spectrum.

Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month -- Bynum, Turner and Allen -- in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami. The Pacers already have the best record in the East (41-13) and lead the Heat by two games in the chase for home-court advantage.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, went into Thursday with the second-worst record in the league at 15-40 and now appears poised to make a run at surpassing Milwaukee for the worst mark in the NBA.

In a flurry of moves, the 76ers picked up a handful of draft picks, a few veterans and lost two of their top four scorers.

Turner, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, was averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He could become a free agent after this season.

Granger was averaging 8.3 points since returning from a strained left calf in mid-December.

The 76ers also sent Spencer Hawes, their top rebounder, to Cleveland earlier in the day. He was averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the final year of his contract.

But Philadelphia certainly loaded up on second-round picks.

In addition to getting Indiana's choice, the 76ers also acquired two second-round picks, forward Earl Clark and center Henry Sims in the deal with Cleveland and added guard Eric Maynor from Washington in a three-way deal that netted a 2016 second-round pick from Denver and a 2015- second-round pick from New Orleans.

Bynum never played last season with the 76ers because of knee injuries. This season, he signed with Cleveland but was traded to Chicago and then released. Indiana signed Bynum on Feb. 1 and he has not played yet, though coach Frank Vogel said he didn't expect Bynum to play for a few weeks.

Allen was averaging 5.2 points for the 76ers.

Indiana now has 16 players on the roster and will have to make another roster move to get down to the league limit of 15.

In other NBA trade deadline moves Thursday:

Kevin Love, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo spent weeks in trade rumors, but the only mention of Love on Thursday was when he denied that he had already told Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders that he wouldn't stay once he became a free agent after next season.

"At the end of the day I just want to play basketball," Love said. "I don't want to think about, you know, whether or not I'm going to be here or somewhere else in 2015-2016, whenever it is."

Gasol stayed with the Lakers and Rondo with the Celtics, two of the many teams around the NBA focused much more on the future.

With the potential for a loaded draft in June, a 2015 free agent class that could include Love and Rondo, and stricter penalties in the collective bargaining agreement, many teams weren't eager to add salary, especially with so few of them having a realistic chance to win the NBA championship.

The Pacers do, so they traded away their former leading scorer to add Turner after recently signing Andrew Bynum. They entered Thursday two games up on Miami but haven't been sharp lately and hope Turner can provide a spark.

Andre Miller finally got out of Denver and landed as John Wall's backup in Washington, while Gary Neal can help Charlotte chase a playoff spot after getting traded from Milwaukee.

The 76ers also dealt Spencer Hawes to Cleveland, which needs a big man while Anderson Varejao remains out with a bad back. Atlanta has even bigger woes in the frontcourt and will try to address them by convincing Antawn Jamison to accept a trade from the Clippers.

The Clippers freed up room to sign a player, as did the Heat when they dealt Roger Mason to Sacramento. The Brooklyn Nets did the same when they traded Reggie Evans and Jason Terry to the Kings on Wednesday for Marcus Thornton, and Jason Collins is one of the players being considered for it.

Collins worked out for the Nets in California during the All-Star break, and would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed.

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