The Heat turned down Evan Turner

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The Heat could have acquired Evan Turner

The Miami Heat had a crack at former Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner before the Indiana Pacers did and said no thanks. The deal would have sent reserved big man Udonis Haslem packing to the lottery bound Sixers. Haslem, soon-to-be 34 years old, is tight with Dwyane Wade and the deal would have broken up the family mantra the Heat have created.

Via Dan Le Batard:

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room.

This rumor seems to go against everything we’ve heard about Pat Riley. Isn’t Riley the same man who would trade his own mother if it meant winning a championship? Regardless, this seems a bit surprising that Riley would give up on acquiring a young swing man for an aging little used power forward. It’s hard to criticize any of Riles decisions however, as he’s been a dynamite president/general manager for the Heat. This could get interesting if the Indiana Pacers meet the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and Evan Turner becomes a factor. Stay tuned…

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