A few days ago the news broke that both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in free agent guard/forward Evan Turner. Well, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald just confirmed that Turner is coming to Boston. Already over the cap, the Celtics will use at least a portion of their mid-level exception to sign Turner. Initially, and without knowing the details, this move seems surprising considering the backcourt depth in Boston and the fact that the Celtics may very end up being in luxury tax territory if things hold.
Turner has been a fairly productive player over his four year career but has never lived up to his draft slot, he was taken 2nd overall by the 76ers in the 2010 NBA Draft. He does have the ability to handle the ball and create for others. But he also has an ugly jump shot and is terribly inefficient on offense. Stop me if you’ve heard that about a Celtics guard before.
Turner was traded to the Indiana Pacers last year and never really carved out a role on the team. He averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on 42.5% FG shooting last season. Evan Turner is a solid defender, especially when guarding SG’s. Given the financial structure and roster of this team, this move does seem confusing and could be a sign that another trade is one the way.
We’ll have more on Turner over the next 24 hours as we figure out the details, but all we know now is that the former Buckeye will be a Celtic.