Saturday, December 27, 2014

Former 76ers guard Evan Turner to sign with Celtics

Philadelphia had high hopes for Evan Turner after drafting him with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Former 76ers guard Evan Turner to sign with Celtics

Former Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Former Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Philadelphia had high hopes for Evan Turner after drafting him with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

After three and a half mostly underwhelming seasons with the Sixers however, Turner’s time with the team came to an end, and he was shipped to the Pacers in a deadline deal that netted the Sixers a second-round pick.

There were expectations again in Indiana, as many thought the addition of Turner would solidify the Pacers’ playoff chances. Instead, Turner struggled in Indiana and could not find consistent minutes as the Pacers made their playoff push. Indiana’s season came to a disappointing end and Turner, a free agent who was just a few years removed from being one of the top collegiate players in the country, faced an uncertain future.

Free agency began and rumors were generated faster than they could be reported, but aside from a few whispers here and there, Evan Turner was not a topic of conversation.

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Well, Turner’s immediate NBA future is no longer so uncertain, as he is set to sign with the Boston Celtics, according to a Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Although exact contract details are not yet available, Bulpett reports that Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics’ mid-level exception; probably not the contract Turner had hoped for.

It is an interesting signing for rebuilding Boston, who is decently deep at the wing spot. Considering the contract though, it is not much of a risk.

Turner signing with the Celtics also means that Sixers’ fans will have an opportunity to see their former lottery pick a couple times a year at the Wells Fargo Center.

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