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How Evan Turner’s signing impacts Celtics
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 22, 2014 @ 8:56 am In General | No Comments
Four years after NBA experts argued whether Evan Turner  or John Wall  deserved the No. 1 overall selection in 2010, some of those same folks are debating Turner’s value in relation to undrafted free agent Chris Johnson .
After all, the former No. 2 pick’s agreement with the C’s likely signals the end for Johnson and fellow non-guaranteed signees Chris Babb and Keith Bogans.
Terms of the deal have not been made public, but the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reports Turner will earn a portion of the team’s mid-level exception . Upon cutting Johnson, Babb and Bogans, the Celtics  would fall $5.1 million below the luxury tax, opening the 15th and final roster spot for the 25-year-old. The non-taxpayer mid-level exception for the 2014-15 season is $5.3 million.
Most likely, Turner’s deal will expire in the next two years, allowing him to improve his value before the NBA’s new TV deal sends the salary cap soaring in 2016.
The Ohio State product’s value has never been lower. He only netted Danny Granger ‘s expiring contract for the 76ers in February and didn’t warrant an $8.7 million qualifying offer from the Pacers this summer. Acquired to bolster Indiana’s hopes of an NBA Finals  run, Turner ultimately lost his bench role to the immortal Rasual Butler in the Eastern Conference finals. No player who earned as many minutes as Turner (2,457) had a worse PER last season (12.4), and his true shooting percentage has never eclipsed 50 percent.
Turner isn’t a complete bust. Compiling respectable career averages of 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists, he started for a Sixers squad that nearly took out the Celtics  in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012. He’s averaged 14.4 points (50.6 TS%), 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 14 career games against the C’s.
Celtics  coach Brad Stevens  lists Ohio State coach Thad Matta among his biggest influences, and Matta molded Turner into the unanimous college player of the year. Likewise, Turner calls fellow Buckeye Jared Sullinger “like family ,” so perhaps that familiarity combined with Rajon Rondo ‘s playmaking could help Turner reach his potential.
If that’s the case, Celtics  president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will have added another asset to his closet full of them. If not, the risk in signing Turner at short money for the short term is minimal. However, the signing does create even more of a logjam at the wing, where first-round draft pick James Young may be the odd man out in the D-League. Turner will have to battle both Jeff Green  and Gerald Wallace  for small forward minutes and both Avery Bradley  and Marcus Thornton for playing time at shooting guard, so a career revival is no guarantee.
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 Evan Turner: http://media.weei.com/basketball/evan-turner.htm
 John Wall: http://media.weei.com/basketball/john-wall.htm
 Chris Johnson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-johnson.htm
 Turner will earn a portion of the team’s mid-level exception: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2014/07/turner_celtics_see_upside_in_new_deal
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Danny Granger: http://media.weei.com/basketball/danny-granger.htm
 NBA Finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm
 Brad Stevens: http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm
 like family: http://gantdaily.com/2012/10/23/ohio-state-ties-bond-nba-players-jared-sullinger-evan-turner/
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 Gerald Wallace: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
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