HoopsHype Evan Turner rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates

Sources said that Stephenson and guard George Hill had to be separated on the bench during a 26-point home loss to San Antonio on March 31. And when Roy Hibbert made his well-chronicled complaints to NBA.com in late March about "some selfish dudes in here," sources say he was essentially referring to Stephenson, who ranks as one of the league's most improved players this season as he approaches free agency in July and is well-known to be a Bird favorite. ESPN.com

On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson. Yahoo! Sports

Turner hadn't been the first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson's relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won't be the last. These scrapes aren't uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports. "This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

These two guards have struggled together since the deadline deal brought Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana. Suddenly, Turner is learning to play without the ball in his hands, and Stephenson is relearning the balance of passing and shooting. Truth be told, there were probably Pacers willing to let Stephenson and Turner beat the dribble out of each other. Still, Luis Scola and David West finally grabbed an enraged Turner and separated Stephenson. Yahoo! Sports

Turner had one shot and just 11 minutes in Game 2, but the Pacers won and that lifted a burden off everyone in the locker room. Turner insisted "nothing happened" with Stephenson in practice on Friday, but he's in a tough spot to cop to the truth. He doesn't want to be a disruption, but rather a solution. Turner's trying to fit into these Pacers, trying to prove he belongs on the court for a championship contender. Yahoo! Sports

April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

March 27, 2014 Updates

Later, it was Evan Turner, the trade deadline acquisition, who delivered two of Indiana's biggest baskets of the night. The first came after James' final turnover, on a breakaway layup. The second came courtesy of Mario Chalmers' turnover out of bounds. When the middle of the court opened up, Turner bolted through a clear path for an 81-80 lead with 90 seconds to go. "I know how to get my space, I've been doing that forever, you know what I mean?" Turner said, likely adding another spark to a rivalry that needs none. "Some of my moves I've been doing since I was a little kid, so I can walk a pretty fine line when it comes to that." ESPN.com

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The conversation lasted so long that reporters-on-deadline had to bail without interviewing certain players. I wasn't watching the clock, but understand this: I was able to to pop a squat on C.J. Watson's abandoned seat and hold at least a 10-minute discussion with Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner on such serious topics as Gamble and Huff music and Dr. J's enormous hands. … and by the time we were done, the spontaneous meeting inside the coaches' lounge still had not dismissed. Indianapolis Star

March 8, 2014 Updates

James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter. Turner was fouled by Chandler Parsons after he stole the ball from Patrick Beverley on Friday night. Turner pushed Harden with one hand at the end of the play. Harden immediately got in his face, so close it appeared they might be touching, and the pair exchanged words. They were quickly pulled apart while players from both teams yelled at each other. USA Today Sports

February 22, 2014 Updates

Evan Turner: Seems like it was just yesterday I was at this press conference being introduced as the newest member to the philadelphia 76ers. That moment was a great moment and it was even more of a shock the way the fans welcomed me to the city by greeting me at the train station with @christiancrosby leading the way and @preston76 directing me every step of the way. Since then ive had some good and bad moments but Im lucky that I was able to be coached by great people and play with talented teamates who were able to lead the franchise to the playoffs twice. Even through the rough times i still appreciated the support and passion that the true fans showed myself and my teammates. Instagram

Evan Turner: Even though this year has been rough I definitely appreciated going through the trials and tribulations with hardworking people such as my teammates and coaches. I believe the future is bright for the organization because Coach Brown is a determined, positive and passionate leader. Im very lucky to have the opportunity to play for him and learn from him. To my loyal supporters, I would like to thank you for standing behind through it all and making my time in Philly memorable. God bless you all! Instagram

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