Sixers "Open" to Trading 2nd pick with Brand?
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 this is the case, and Bosh leaves, the Raptors could end up with a big trade exception they could use in a trade for Brand.
On his podcast, I believe phdsteve suggested a Calderon for Brand trade that, quite frankly, I wasn't all that keen on. If the Raptors can get the 2nd pick, however, I'd jump on it. Now, I don't think they'd take Calderon AND give up the #2 pick, so the Raptors might have to give up Jarrett Jack, instead, or maybe their 13th pick.
Would you be able to handle having the contracts of Brand, Turkoglu, Calderon and Bargnani if you got Evan Turner out of it?
Personally, I'd do it. I think Turner is going to be something special and teams don't get many opportunities to grab a player like that.