76ers Sign Second Overall Pick Evan Turner

The 76ers have the second pick in this tonight's NBA draft and Evan Turner is the presumed selection

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76ers Sign Second Overall Pick Evan Turner

The Sixers have announced via twitter that they’ve signed their second overall pick Evan Turner.

The NBA's CBA allows for first round picks to sign contracts with two guaranteed years and two option years.

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Sixers Select Evan Turner With 2nd Overall Pick

It’s official, Ohio State’s Evan Turner is a Philadelphia 76er.

From NBA.com:

As a junior in 2009-10, won the John Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, AP National Player of the Year and NABC Division I Player of the Year. Named 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. As a sophomore in 2008-09, named Honorable Mention AP All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Oscar Robertson Award Finalist, NABC All-District 7 Team and ASBWA All-District v Team. Earned a Big Ten record eight player of the week awards over his career. Represented the U.S. at the 2009 World University Games.

To discuss this pick, be sure to head over to Liberty Ballers.

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Sixers' Website Hints That Evan Turner Could Be Their Man

Via SBNation.com, a page on the Philadelphia 76ers’ official website strongly suggests that the 76ers have decided to draft Evan Turner with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The page shows a photo illustration of Turner’s name next to the Sixers’ logo on the big draft board, just below the Washington Wizards’ selection of John Wall. The text below reads, “Lower Level Season Tickets Start At $999.” Importantly, changing Turner’s name in the site’s URL to a different draft prospect’s, such as DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors, yields only a “page not found” error.

This is either the best smokescreen of all-time, or the worst draft-pick secrecy of all-time.

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Evan Turner Is Focused On Philadelphia

The Philadelphia 76ers projected pick for the second overall spot in the NBA Draft, Ohio State's Evan Turner, seems to believe that the Sixers give him the best chance to succeed.

At least that's what his agent, David Falk, told the Washington Post's Michael Lee.

According to the source, the Wizards made several inquiries with Evan Turner's agent, David Falk, but Falk was not receptive, convinced that the Wizards would take Wall. He has focused all of his attention on Philadelphia, which holds the second overall pick.

Falk told me last week in Boston that he thought the 76ers were a better fit for Turner.

It's difficult to determine how far to read into this, but it does seem like like Turner's camp has at least decided the 76ers will be selecting Turner next Thursday.

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Sixers Schedule Workouts With Draft Prospects Turner, Favors, Cousins, And Johnson

The Philadelphia 76ers, who own the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, announced today that they've scheduled workouts with Ohio State's Evan Turner, Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors, Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins, and Syracuse's Wesley Johnson. More from the release:

“We want to make sure we get an additional look at the players available to us with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft,” Sixers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski said. “These are all very talented prospects who can make an immediate impact at the next level and while exploring these options, we would have to be presented with a blockbuster offer to even consider trading this pick.”

It's assumed that the 76ers, who already have dynamic perimeter players like point guard Jrue Holiday, combo guard Louis Williams, and swingman Andre Iguodala, would nab a big man with this pick. Yet the inclusion of Turner and Johnson calls that assumption into question, and might hint that Philadelphia is open to trading down.

The draft is less than two weeks away, and yet the only given is that John Wall will go first overall to the Wizards.

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ESPN's Ford: Sixers Most Interested In Evan Turner, But Take That Info 'With A Grain Of Salt'

It's a lock that the Washington Wizards will make John Wall the first overall selection in this year's NBA draft, which means the Philadelphia 76ers, owning the second pick, will have plenty of options, which include Ohio State's Evan Turner, Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins, and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors. Chad Ford of ESPN Insider has had trouble pegging what the Sixers will do:

Since the mock draft, I've gotten a number of strong signals from inside the Sixers' organization that Turner is the guy they'll take at No. 2.

While the signals certainly could be legit, I take some of those indications with a grain of salt. Since Turner is the consensus No. 2 pick in the draft, the Sixers want other teams trying to trade up for him (the Wolves and Pacers seem to be the hottest suitors) to believe they're taking him. If teams think he's slipping, they'll begin dealing with New Jersey instead.

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Sixers leaning toward Favors?

ESPN's Chad Ford reports that the Sixers are leaning toward taking Georgia Tech F Derrick Favors with their second pick.

"I've heard various sources make pretty forceful arguments that three different players are second on the 76ers' board: Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors. At times, I've been persuaded by all three. But now it looks like the Sixers are leaning toward Favors, according to what I was told on Monday by a credible source familiar with coach Doug Collins' thinking. Turner isn't a great fit next to Andre Iguodala. And while Cousins is a perfect fit in the middle, the team has some concerns about his on-court attitude. That leaves Favors, who has as much upside as any player in the draft. His measurements out of Chicago are virtually identical to Dwight Howard's -- which means he should be just fine playing center. All of this can change once players undergo individual workouts and interviews, but from what I can gather, Favors has the lead if the Sixers decide to keep the pick." -- Chad Ford

Check out the reaction at Liberty Ballers.

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