Boston’s crowded roster just got a little bit more jam packed. One week after Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported the Celtics had interest in Evan Turner, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it appears the team has sealed the deal with the swingman:
Celtics finishing deal for FA Evan Turner, sources tell Herald. He will get a portion of their mid-level exception.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 21, 2014
Celtics front-office and agent David Falk just got off the phone finalizing deal for Evan Turner.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 21, 2014
A few thoughts on the impending deal, after the jump
1. Turner’s signing gives Boston 18 players under contract for next season at the moment. Three of those players are on non-guaranteed deals including Chris Johnson, Chris Babb and Keith Bogans. Babb and Bogans were probably gone anyway before this deal came about, but Johnson’s chances of making the team just took a serious hit.
2. Even after trimming the roster down, Boston’s swingman depth is a bit too crowded right now. You have Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner, Gerald Wallace, and Jeff Green (and probably Marcus Smart) all fighting for minutes at the 2/3 spot. There won’t be nearly enough playing time to go around to keep all of these guys happy. More moves are likely coming.
3. Turner has been an inefficient player for a couple years now. He shoots a low percentage from the field and the 3-point line, and was benched by Frank Vogel during Indiana’s playoff run for his lackluster play. As the no. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the swingman has talent though. Much like Ainge did last year with Jordan Crawford, he is looking for a buy-low option with Turner that he can turn around potentially in a trade (to collect more assets)
More to come on Turner in the coming days….