Atlanta Hawks veteran small forward Evan Turner says the Hawks spoke to him and Chandler Parsons about being inactive for the foreseeable future.
Atlanta wants to play its young guys more moving forward:
Evan Turner is not active tonight for the #Hawks and said the team talked to him and Chandler Parsons, who has played in six games this season, about being inactive for the foreseeable future as ATL goes with younger players. Turner is a definitely buyout candidate.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) January 3, 2020
The Hawks acquired Turner this past summer from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Kent Bazemore trade. The Chicago native has appeared in 18 games this season for the Hawks and is averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Turner is making $18,606,557 this season, the final year of his contract. Parsons meanwhile, is making $25,102,511, also the final season of his deal. Atlanta can’t wait to get Parsons’ contract off its books.
A report from ESPN on Friday said the Hawks have had talks with the Detroit Pistons about possibly acquiring All-Star center Andre Drummond. Atlanta could build a trade package around Turner and Parsons for Drummond since the Pistons would love to get expiring contracts in return for their All-Star big man.
Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, has career NBA averages of 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 704 games with the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Blazers and Hawks.
Parsons, 31, has played in just five games this season for the Hawks. He’s been a shell of himself over the past few seasons because of knee injuries. The swingman has career numbers of 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Hawks.