First of all, I love Danny. I'm really sad to see him go and wish him nothing but the very best.
1. Bird wasn't actively shopping DG around the league, but, as a GM, once you receive an offer you can't refuse, well then... you can't refuse it
Bird saw Turner and Allen as substantial upgrades over Danny and made a tough call, all the while thinking of the franchise's best interests, and not Danny's. As he should.
2. We'll now have a better chance to sign Lance! And most importantly have insurance for Lance if he decides to sign elsewhere.
Just imagine what would happen if we were to fail in our quest to win a championship this year AND lose Lance in the summer...
PD would be in meltdown.
The bottom line is this deal has the Pacers' FUTURE in mind too, and not only their present.
3. I think it's obvious Turner is a better player than Danny at this point of their careers, but ultimately, I believe the success of this trade will rest on how much of likeable guy Evan Turner is.
If the guys like him on a personal level and he gets along with everybody, I think it will translate very quickly on the court and make this deal a huge win for us.
4. If Turner plays well and manages to ease the load off of PG and Lance, it would be absolutely huge.
It could possibly mean more wins in the regular season, since the guys will be fresher on back 2 backs etc. It would also probably lower the risk of injury for Lance and Paul, since they play heavy minutes.
The players' health should be an even higher priority than HCA IMO.
5. This trade could end up helping Danny's longterm future. He's looking to sign a new contract in the summer, and if he ends up playing major minutes for the Sixers and put up better numbers,
it could help him get a substantially better contract, and jump start his career too. If I'm not mistaken, in the summer he'll be free to sign anywhere he wants,
so it's not a certainty he'll be stuck on a bottom feeder team for the rest of his career either.