Pacers Acquire Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired guard/forward Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Danny Granger and a future second round draft pick.

Turner, a 6-7, 220 lb. guard out of Ohio State, was the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, drafted by Philadelphia. He has career averages of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. For the 2013-14 season, he has played in 54 games, with averages of 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Allen is in his third season, having played college basketball at Temple. He was also drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, as the 50th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He has career averages of 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game; with averages of 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.

“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 Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. 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.”

Granger was drafted by the Pacers with the 17th pick of the 2005 draft and has spent his career with the Pacers. In his time with the Pacers, Granger averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game; and was named an NBA All-Star in 2009.

Also, the Pacers have waived guard Orlando Johnson. Johnson, a second-year player out of California-Santa Barbara, was a draft-night acquisition in 2012. He was originally drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 36th overall pick in that draft.

“Orlando is a great kid,” said Bird. “We appreciate everything he’s done for us and hope he has a long and successful career.”