A number of teams have already looked into the availability of the Philadelphia 76ers' No. 2 pick in the June 24 draft.
The asking price? Several sources said they were told that the
Sixers want their trade partner to take Elton Brand off their hands.
Good luck with that. With Brand set to earn $51 million over the course
of the next three years, he's virtually impossible to trade.
As much as teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, for instance, love Evan Turner, I don't think they love him that much.
If the Bulls can't acquire LeBron James or Chris Bosh, then take Elton Brand and the #2 pick using our cap space. I think we could do a hell of a lot worse than building around Evan Turner, Derrick Rose, and Joakim Noah for the next 5-8 years.
Brand, though greatly diminished, would still provide some form of offensive threat as a third big man in our rotation with Noah and Gibson. He'd probably be overpaid by about 8 million a season for the next three years, but you take that on if you can get a guy like Turner who has perennial all-star potential.
This is a nice way to opt out of the Joe Johnson insanity and get a great young player that leaves the team in position to build out for the long haul.
Of course, would the 76ers actually do this deal? It's REAL hard for me to imagine. I can't see any franchise selling a pick when the guy has as much hype as Turner, their fanbase should never forgive them if they do.