The Boston Celtics are close to a deal that will put Evan Turner in green and white, according to several different sources.
Turner, the second pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, spent the end of last season with the Indiana Pacers riding the bench during their playoff-run. Prior to being dealt to the Pacers, Turner was disappointing fans in Philadelphia with the Sixers after several sub-par seasons.
With the drafting of Marcus Smart, it will be interesting to see how Turner is used by coach Brad Stevens. One would think due to his skills that the former Ohio State Buckeye would be a secondary ball-handler, but perhaps that may only be the case if he and Avery Bradley share the floor without Rajon Rondo or Smart.
As for the financial aspect of this deal, Turner will get a portion of the mid-level exception, making it likely the Celtics are getting a bargain for the minutes Turner will offer. Well this is in the hopes that Stevens can work on Turner’s inability to shoot consistently and lack of effort of the defensive end. What Boston is getting is a high-character guy that at the very worst can talk to Jared Sullinger about Ohio State football and basketball.
I am sure Stevens thinks of this signing as a chance to show what he can do with a player who may have been cast off by the rest of the NBA. Let’ see what he can do with Turner and if the small forward will make an impact on the squad this coming season or in years afterwards.