The Boston Celtics have already lost out on some of the top free agents they reportedly targeted so far this offseason. So now the team is turning its attention to some of the potential bargains out there. One of those bargains could be free agent Evan Turner. According to a report by Jeff Goodman of ESPN on Tuesday, the Celtics are one of two teams drawing interest in Turner.
The 6-foot-7 swingman had his best year offensively last season splitting time between the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers. He averaged a career-high 14 points per game and always seemed to have a good game against the Celtics, which may be a reason the team is interested. Another reason is the low price he will demand as a former top-two NBA Draft pick who has disappointed, but has the talent to thrive on the right time.
The Celtics currently have Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace, but their recent interest in other swingman such as Chandler Parsons, Lance Stephenson and Gordon Hayward may suggest the team’s plans of eventually moving away from Green, Wallace or maybe both. Green has been rumored in trade talks and Wallace could be amnestied.
Like Green, Turner has been inconsistent over his four-year career. He has decent numbers, but is an unreliable shooter and lacks a little bit on the defensive end. The Pacers obtained Turner at the 2014 trade deadline to provide a spark off the bench, but his stint with the Pacers was mirrored in disappointment. The Celtics would bank on Turner head coach Brad Stevens getting the most out of a young player with potential like Turner, but if they sign him and that doesn’t happen, the Celtics will have a cheaper version of Green.
Turner, who averaged 17.1 points per game with the Sixers before going over to the Pacers, is also drawing interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team the Celtics have been trying to spark fireworks with in a deal involving All-Star forward Kevin Love.