The Boston Celtics have made an addition via free agency. According to multiple sources on Monday, the Celtics have agreed to terms with free-agent swingman Evan Turner. Complete details of the signing have not been revealed, but Turner will reportedly sign for a portion of the midlevel exception.
The 25-year-old Turner played part of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Indiana Pacers. The former No. 2 pick from the 2010 draft was having a career year with the 76ers before going over to the Pacers where he saw his playing time decreased. Accordingly, the Pacers decided not to extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer, allowing Turner to become a free agent.
The Celtics were one of two teams interested in Turner. Ironically, the other teams that showed interest was the Minnesota Timberwolves, the same team the Celtics have been in talks with in a possible deal for All-Star forward Kevin Love. That potential deal seems to be all but null at the moment.
Although inconsistent, Turner would provide scoring for the Celtics, but he also joins a roster crowded at the shooting guard and small forward position. The team added Marcus Thornton in the three-team deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, drafted James Young in this year’s draft, re-signed guard Avery Bradley and also has Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace.
With an abundance of talent at the guard and small forward positions, it seems apparent that the Celtics could have other deals in the works. The team has been rumored to be in trade talks involving Green, who like Turner, has had an inconsistent NBA career so far. Turner is looking to revive his career in Boston and head coach Brad Stevens may be the coach to give Turner the push he needs. Over four NBA seasons, he has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.