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Pacers send Granger to 76ers for Turner

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more, bold move before Thursday's trade deadline.

Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana agreed to a trade that will send Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal was still pending league approval.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

If the deal goes through, as expected, the Pacers would get two more young forwards - players who could help them dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title.

The rebuilding 76ers, meanwhile, are getting an injury-prone 30-year-old forward, his expiring contract and another pick in a draft many believe will be rife with talent.

The trade also could help teams on both ends of the NBA's spectrum.

Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month - Bynum, Turner and Allen - in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami. The Pacers already have the best record in the East (41-13) and lead the Heat by two games in the chase for home-court advantage.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, went into Thursday with the second-worst record in the league at 15-40 and now appears poised to make a run at surpassing Milwaukee for the worst mark in the NBA.

In a flurry of moves, the 76ers picked up a handful of draft picks, a few veterans and lost two of their top four scorers.

Turner, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, was averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He could become a free agent after this season.

Granger was averaging 8.3 points since returning from a strained left calf in mid-December.

The 76ers also sent Spencer Hawes, their top rebounder, to Cleveland earlier in the day. He was averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the final year of his contract.

But Philadelphia certainly loaded up on second-round picks.

In addition to getting Indiana's choice, the 76ers also acquired two second-round picks, forward Earl Clark and center Henry Sims in the deal with Cleveland and added guard Eric Maynor from Washington in a three-way deal that netted a 2016 second-round pick from Denver and a 2015- second-round pick from New Orleans.

Bynum never played last season with the 76ers because of knee injuries. This season, he signed with Cleveland but was traded to Chicago and then released. Indiana signed Bynum on Feb. 1 and he has not played yet, though coach Frank Vogel said he didn't expect Bynum to play for a few weeks.

Allen was averaging 5.2 points for the 76ers.

Indiana now has 16 players on the roster and will have to make another roster move to get down to the league limit of 15.

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AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia also contributed to this report.

Granger To 76ers, Turner To Pacers

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tradermike24 February 21 2014 at 11:36 AM

good move for the pacers.

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bduckw9936 February 21 2014 at 10:34 AM

Who really Cares? The NBA is not real basketball. College bb is where it's at.

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hagman3926 bduckw9936 February 21 2014 at 1:53 PM

I agree 100 per cent they play defense in college

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wlh1923 February 21 2014 at 1:26 PM

The Sixers new owner has systematically stripped and gutted the franchise since he took over. Two years ago they let their top player and leading scorer Lou Williams simply walk away and sign with another team. At the same time they dumped their top player Andre Ingodala (top defender and 2nd leading scorer) promising young center Nic Voucevic, top draft choice Moe Harkness and two first round draft choices for malingering bum Andrew Bynum - who never played a single minute. Then they let him walk away. Then they give top scorer Evan Turner away for a bag of chips and a second round draft choice. problem is, the fans around here aren't going to come back to another two years of this dreck and I am wondering if the Sixers will be leaving town.

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tysonjunior wlh1923 February 21 2014 at 1:35 PM

You dont know anything about the NBA. They are rebuilding they way you have to in the NBA.

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susan778 wlh1923 February 21 2014 at 2:18 PM

This sounds like the Lakers.

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SimonJerryMiller February 21 2014 at 1:05 PM

I believe that this move will "spiritual" hurt Indiana, and cause them championship hopes..like the trade of "Perkins" by Boston! Indiana "was" Danny's team for many years..and his fans loved his return from his injury! This move will anger his fan base..and the team itself will lose it's present identy. Not fair to Danny to send him to a team like Philidephia...when he had returned to the best Indiana team he had ever been on!

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Bob February 21 2014 at 1:48 AM

Bird is the man.

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babb39 Bob February 21 2014 at 7:50 AM

He knows his stuff, for sure..Go Pacers...

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beverlyamy1 babb39 February 21 2014 at 8:53 AM

they will go.......home when miami gets thru with them again.

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SprintDataSolutions February 21 2014 at 10:02 AM

They can trade whoever they want but the 2014 champions will be the Miami Heat

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bduckw9936 SprintDataSolutions February 21 2014 at 10:35 AM

Who really cares? The NBA is not real bb. College is wher real bb is played.

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cowboygc February 21 2014 at 7:59 AM

what a talent this bynum guy is.
he has a talent for taking money.
was a cancer with the lakers and goes to philly.
signs with philly, doesn't play, gets paid a ton of $$.
signs with cleveland, plays so poorly and doesn't last 1 season with a needy team - gets paid.
traded to bulls, does poorly, gets released - again gets paid.
now picked up by the pacers who think they magic wand to get this guy to come around.
wait until he messes up the chemistry that got them to 41 and 13.
with bynum they might not make the playoffs !!!!! (just kidding - they have just about wrapped that up already.)

looks like they just gave the eastern championship to the heat .

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A TIME LOST February 21 2014 at 2:58 PM

anyone who picks up bynum is making a huge mistake. when you take the money he took from philly and acted in the fashion he did all year.........just a selfish spiritless human.......just don't do it. hes a cancer. huge mistake on our part. the thing they are doing now is cleaning house in preperation for the draft. this will be a new team almost in its entirety next year. how good they will or will not be is dependent on who they draft. i personally think the new GM has the right mind set and i support him wholeheartly.

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Johnny February 21 2014 at 11:12 AM

yeah you took the words out of my mouth.. Who really cares.. I don't think anything is popular anymore besides football and some hocky.. With sports getting all about the money and not the game anymore. Pro-Sports are starting to suck and people are loosing intrest. I know I have over the years. I use to sweep a clothing store and take out the trash when I was a kid and the old man who owned it would give me buccaneers game tickets in the crappy seats that cost $13.00 Yeah the Buccaneers sucked in the 90's but, you know what people use to come and pack the stadium parking lot to cook and party and then go inside to watch them get the crap beat out of them. But, after the game the players would come to the stands and sign jerseys and football cards & actully shake fans hands and talk with them. THAT WAS WHEN IT WAS FUN...... Now its $75+ for crappy seats. 8.00 for a hotdog 8.00 for a beer. So if you want to take a date or the game and eat a hot dog and have a few beers. thats $198.00 and the Bucs still suck, The players are rude and if you want an autograph you have to pay, and forget the shaking your hand or even giving you the time of day, NOW IT SUCKS & YOUR BROKE.. That why when i turned 18, I went to the Famous Mons Venus across the street, for $198.00 I could get a few lap dances, some snail trail on my cloths. and still have some money to get a gram of some cola... and a 12 pack and hopefully the dancer i gave my number to will call when her shifts over and want to party with me! Basicly the moral of the story is, if sports keep this high dollar, media & merchandise in your face 24/7 people are going to find other ways to entertain themselves..........IF YOU LIKE MY STORY....GIVE ME A THUMBS UP.. if you like

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a2004ssr Johnny February 21 2014 at 11:25 AM

You sound ignorant

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beverlyamy1 February 21 2014 at 6:21 AM

but still wont beat miami in 7 games.....YAWN.

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babb39 beverlyamy1 February 21 2014 at 7:51 AM

Whatever...

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beverlyamy1 babb39 February 21 2014 at 8:52 AM

still hurting from last year huh?

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