For those of you still awaiting fireworks: the Boston Celtics are one of four teams who have developed an interest in Indiana Pacers’ Evan Turner.
— NESN (@NESN) July 14, 2014
That’s right: Boston is looking to add ANOTHER underachiever to its roster!
Sarcasm aside, all you have to do is look at the other team mentioned in that Tweet – the Minnesota Timberwolves – to understand that this is probably one of Danny Ainge‘s attempts to grab some assets that would make the Timberwolves seriously consider trading Kevin Love to the Celtics.
Turner may have disappointed during his time spent with the Pacers last season – he went from putting up 17.4 PPG with the 76ers to managing a measly 7.1 once he was traded to Indiana – but it is worth noting that his minutes played took a huge hit, as Turner went from being a starter in Philly to coming off of the bench in Indiana. Turner could be a nice addition to a team needing some scoring from the wing . . . but I highly doubt that is why the Boston Celtics have come a’knocking on his door.
Sure – it’s conceivable that Turner could become Jeff Green‘s backup, and provide a scoring threat to a second unit that gave up a lot of leads last year. Still, Danny Ainge has been trying to pry Kevin Love away from Flip Saunders and the rest of the Timberwolves organization for some time now. Up until now, it would appear that whatever Boston currently has to offer, Minnesota ain’t buying. However, acquiring Turner could give Boston a package that might also include Jared Sullinger and a few future first-round draft picks – but will that be enough?
I’ll keep my eyes and ears open, so check back in with us as this story progresses!