Former Celtic, Turner, Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Portland Trail Blazers
On the first official day of NBA free agency, it appears the Boston Celtics have lost out on the opportunity to re-sign Evan Turner. According to an ESPN report, the versatile forward has agreed to a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Turner, who was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, has spent seven seasons in the NBA, including the last two with the C's.
For his career, Turner has averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds. In his time with Boston, the defensive minded swingman averaged 10 points, five rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Turner had excelled in a bench role with the C's and had been in good favor not only with his teammates and head coach Brad Stevens, but also with the Boston fans.
He even took to Instagram, after the deal was announced, to thank Celtics fans for all the support.
Boston, this was definitely one of the toughest decisions I've ever made. I can't say enough how appreciative I am for all the love and support. Every night I played at TD garden was like a dream come true. Thank you for showing me how a REAL sports city does things! You'll forever be in my heart!! C's up ☘☘☘
Boston does have money to spend this summer and Turner had showed interest in returning to the C's if a deal could be worked out. The money he got, however, was probably well out of the range Boston would have wanted to go for him.
While Turner is well adept at playing both ends of the floor and had the potential to score with the best of them each night, His role on the team, to Boston GM Danny Ainge, most likely didn't warrant $75 million dollars guaranteed.