A report on ESPN.com early Saturday said that the 76ers were exploring potential trade options involving small forward Evan Turner.

Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo did not comment on the report.

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Turner, however, discussed it.

"I'm not a GM, so I really don't know [my trade value]," Turner said. "I think it's all about what our team needs, and that's it. Whatever. I think that the best is yet to come with me in general, wherever it occurs."

Turner is making $5.3 million this season. In October, the Sixers picked up his $6.7 million option for next season. Turner did not say he'd be opposed to a trade.

"It's not my choice to be traded or not, you know?" Turner said. "So if it happens, it happens. . . . What I want doesn't matter. If it did, life would be way different."


As he sat in his locker stall prior to his first game back home, Charlotte Hornets rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not have the look of someone still shaking off the effects of a recent concussion.

No, this time Gilchrist, who just finished doing an interview with a reporter from a Kentucky University basketball website, was dealing with something else.

"I'm a little bit nervous right now," said Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft who grew up in Somerdale. "I've got about two- or three-hundred people here to see me."

Kidd-Gilchrist then paused, smiled, and continued.

"But this is fun," he said of his return home. "I used to come here to see [Allen Iverson] when I was young. I've got my mom here and my family watching me. This is great."

Kidd-Gilchrist missed a pair of games after suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter of a loss to Houston last week. Averaging 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 blocks, he returned to the court Friday, just in time to be a part of the Bobcats' blowing a 20-point second-half lead at home in a 100-93 loss to the Lakers.

Kidd-Gilchrist is one of three Philly-area players on the Bobcats. Episcopal Academy's Gerald Henderson starts alongside Kidd-Gilchrist and is averaging 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Friends' Central's Hakim Warrick averages 6.9 points and 3.2 minutes off the bench.

The Bobcats came into Saturday's contest on a six-game losing streak and sporting the worst record in the league (11-38).