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                      === Sixers send Turner to Pacers ===
 Philadelphia,  PA  (  -  The Philadelphia  76ers  have  sent
 forwards  Evan  Turner and Lavoy  Allen to the  Indiana Pacers in exchange for
 former  all-star  Danny Granger and the  rights to Golden State's 2015 second-
 round pick.
 Turner,  the No.  2 pick  in the  2010 draft,  has averaged  a team-best  17.4
 points  with  6.0 rebounds and  3.7 assists in his  fourth NBA season. He will
 be a restricted free agent this summer.
 Allen  has made 54  starts in 171 career games, all with Philly, after getting
 drafted  50th overall  out of Temple in  2011. He holds career averages of 5.2
 points and 4.9 boards per contest.
 "We  felt  we needed to  make this  trade to strengthen  the core unit and our
 bench,"  said  Indiana president  of  basketball  operations Larry  Bird.  "In
 Evan  and Lavoy, we  think we got two really good players that can help us and
 we look forward to what they can bring."
 To make room on the roster, Indiana will release guard Orlando Johnson.
 Granger,  30,  has  spent  his  entire career  with  Indiana,  averaging  17.6
 points and earning an all-star birth in 2009.
 "We  thank  Danny for his  eight-and-a-half seasons  with us and we appreciate
 everything he did for us in his time here," said Bird.
 The Sixers host Indiana on Friday, March 14.
 02/20 22:29:10 ET

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