With several top trade targets and free agents seeming to be out of reach for the Boston Celtics so far this offseason, it appears the team may be looking to do some bargain basement shopping, according to a new report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Evan Turner has received interest from Boston and Minnesota, a source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014
Turner is a 6-foot-7 swingman that split time last year between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers, averaging a career-high 14 points per game, along with 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Indiana acquired Turner from the Sixers at the 2014 trade deadline in hopes of boosting their bench for the postseason. The 2010 no. 2 overall pick disappointed in his stint with the Pacers though, falling out of Frank Vogel’s rotation entirely during Indiana’s Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat.
Over his four-year career, Turner has been a largely inefficient player despite respectable all-around numbers. He shoots a low percentage from the field (42.7% career shooter), is an unreliable 3-point shooter (32.7% over his career), and is a subpar defender.
Despite these realities, there’s no doubt that Turner has plenty of talent that made him a top-two NBA Draft pick just four years ago. Danny Ainge is no stranger to buying low on players of Turner’s ilk, making this reported interest from Boston something to watch.
It’s hard to see him fitting into the Celtics roster as it is currently constructed, but if Ainge moved on from one of the team’s wings (Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace), an opportunity may be available for Turner.
In the meantime, Celtics fans can painfully relive one of the highlights of Turner’s season, hitting a buzzer-beater at the TD Garden to defeat Boston back in January.