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Evan Turner averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season. (AP)
There is nothing at all to report in regard to a possible contract extension for Evan Turner before the Oct. 31 deadline. Regardless, the fourth-year player fields questions about his future and his future with the 76ers with aplomb.
What can a guy say about nothing?
“I’ll be fine. I’ll play hard and I’m going to get money regardless. I don’t worry about that,” Turner said. “I’m not a GM. It’s a new system. I really don’t know. That’s a year or so away. A few months away. I don’t know.”
If the Sixers do not sign Turner to a contract extension by the deadline, he can become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. That means teams can sign Turner to an offer sheet, which the Sixers have the option of matching.
If the Sixers don’t match the offer, so long, Evan.
Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, Turner is coming off his best NBA season. With a youthful roster on a team starting a rebuilding year, Turner is liable to improve his statistics for the 2013-14 season. And then to compare Turner to players of similar abilities and statistics, one has to figure that a nice payday is looming.
Or is it?
“When you see contracts, it’s like, ‘What are numbers?’” Turner said. “People are passing out crazy contracts and it’s like, ‘What’re you doing?’”
The Sixers, apparently, are doing nothing with Turner. Moreover, Turner is fine with that. Then again, what can he do?
“It doesn’t really bother me,” Turner said. “I take it one day at a time. Like I’ve said, I’ll be somewhere next year. All of that other stuff doesn’t really bother me. When you have teammates, you work with them to help them out and that’s it.
“That’s life, right? When you take a risk in what you want to do? That’s pretty much it. It’s just a game. I’ll be fine regardless. All I can do is work hard. It’s not like I can plan my way. Nobody can plan their situation or their outcome. You just enjoy the ride, put your head down and keep working to see where you end up.”