PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As early as February, Evan Turner had only known one NBA home since being drafted second overall by the Sixers in 2010. Now, he is heading to play for his third NBA team as he has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Turner was averaging over 17 points per game for the Sixers last season and was the primary scoring option for Brett Brown on most nights. The Sixers had a fire sale at the deadline shipping away Turner as well as Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes.
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The Sixers’ swing man took his talents to Indiana, but he barely found an opportunity to play for the team. Experts saw the move as a key component to propelling Indiana to an NBA Finals appearance, but as the season progressed, Turner’s minutes on the court decreased.
Indiana opted to not offer Turner a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free agent. There was little buzz about Turner as high-profile free agents were making their decisions.
According to The Boston Herald, Turner will receive a portion of the team’s mid-level exception on a short term deal that will allow him to cash in once the NBA Salary cap increases as it is expected to do so in 2016.
Turner’s agent David Falk likened the Celtics situation to that of Philadelphia. He believes that Brad Stevens will give Turner opportunities much like Brown did while in Philadelphia.
However, that remains to be seen. The Celtics have options on the wing including Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Marcus Thornton and James Young. Rajon Rondo may be a great distributor, but he can only get the ball to so many players and there are only so many minutes to go around.
For all Sixers fans that were missing Turner, you will get to see him back in the division playing his former squad four times a year.
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