Pacers in serious mode to dethrone Miami as they added Turner and Allen to their already high caliber line-up



When the Indiana Pacers signed center Andrew Bynum, people thought that it would be the last moved that the Pacers will do in order to contend with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

But it turns out that they are not finished yet as they hit the home run of the trade deadline by acquiring shooting guard Evan Turner along with center Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for injury-riddled forward and former franchise player in Danny Granger. 




In Turner, the Eastern Conference leaders add a well-rounded player presumably to their bench who is averaging 17.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists. The Pacers are hoping that Turner, who is making $6.6 million in the final year of his contract, could be the added punch that gets them past the reigning champion Miami Heat in the East. Granger is averaging 8.3 points while making $14 million in the last year of his contract.

In order to make room for Allen, the Pacers decided to waive seldom-used guard Orlando Johnson.

Turner was drafted 2nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft and played for them for 4 seasons. He is expected to back-up incumbent starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson. Turner must adjust imediately to his new role as a back-up because he used to play as the starting small forward for the Sixers.

While Allen was selected 50th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He was considered a steal in the draft because he immediately contributed for the Sixers in his rookie season and sometimes started at the center spot.


He is averaging 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Sixers this season.

He is expected to back-up both starting center Roy Hibbert and starting power forward David West with his ability to play both the front court position.

Pacers in serious mode to dethrone Miami as they added Turner and Allen to their already high caliber line-up Pacers in serious mode to dethrone Miami as they added Turner and Allen to their already high caliber line-up Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/22/2014 Rating: 5

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