It’s not a superstar signing but the Boston Celtics are doing enough in the 2014 offseason to acquire some talent in a roster that placed 4th worst in the Eastern Conference and 6th worst overall in the entire NBA.
The Celtics, which finished with a 25-57 win-loss record in the 2013-2014 NBA regular season, snatched Evan Turner in free agency signing him a short-term contract that is reportedly worth a part of the midlevel exception (MLE), according to the Boston Globe.
“Boston has always been at the very top of our list since the process began,” said David Falk, Turner’s agent in the same article. “Evan is very excited to play for [Celtics] coach [Brad] Stevens.”
Turner had a disappointing stint with the Indiana Pacers, which acquired him in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that drafted him the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
The 25-year-old wingman actually had great numbers with the Sixers averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 54 games before being dealt to the Pacers.
However, he was exposed in Indiana as he struggled to get playing time (21.1 minutes per game) and his numbers dropped to 7.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 2.4 APG. His postseason numbers look even awful with 3.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG and 1.6 APG in just 12.4 MPG.
While Turner’s contract is relatively a bargain, there are doubts on how he’ll fit with the team. The Celtics are loaded at the point guard spot with Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart and the last two are expected to play some shooting guard throughout the season.
Still, Turner will get his playing time for a rebuilding team like the Celtics. Just entering his fifth year in the league, this is his opportunity to prove that he is a legit contributor in the NBA.