Despite agreeing on a deal, Evan Turner hasn’t officially signed with the Celtics yet. It most likely doesn’t mean anything. The Celtics, with Turner, have 18 guys (though the contracts of Chris Babb, Chris Johnson, and Keith Bogans are not guaranteed). It likely that the Celtics are looking at minor trade options to clear minutes and perhaps a little money for Turner.
In what has become an extremely slow month for Celtics news, it is something worth monitoring. The team could also trade Bogans to create another trade exception, or simply waive him to clear space for Turner (the same can be said with Johnson and Babb).
So we still don’t know the exact terms of Turner’s contract. We won’t until Ainge makes at least one more move. The Celtics aren’t likely to make any more major moves before the season begins but something has to give here with 18 guys under contract.
If I had to guess, I’d say the Celtics ultimately waive Bogans. It’s unlikely another team would want to take him on. Johnson and Babb probably have more value on the market, and even they may very well end up in the D-League or Europe this season. Turner, for better or worse, will definitely be a pretty significant part of the Celtics rotation.
Whenever something happens with this story, we’ll let you know. But the Celtics have no reason to rush anything. Turner hasn’t drawn a lot of interest around the league. Only the Wolves reportedly also offered him a contract, and they have a completely different makeup now than they did then.