According to the Boston Herald and ESPN Boston, the Celtics have agreed to terms with Evan Turner formerly of the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. For a team that struggles scoring, Turner feels a bit like what they already have in players like Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and the two young drafted players Marcus Smart and James Young.
Turner came off the bench in Indiana last year, but started the prior three in Philadelphia. Philadelphia became sellers at last year’s trade deadline and dealt away Turner, Hawes and Lavoy Allen from their roster. The Pacers did not extend a qualifying offer to Turner that would have been worth $8.7 million per season so we expect the contract to be below that in Boston per year and coming off a disappointing end in Indiana, the contract shouldn’t be a huge commitment.
Interestingly enough, Boston was one of the teams interested in Turner’s abilities at the trade deadline last season, but Indiana’s offer of Danny Granger and a second round pick was too much for the Celtics to match. Other teams interested in Turner were the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Excerpt from Sam Amico (Fox Sports) – ‘Word around the NBA is if the Sixers are, in fact, set on trading Turner, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves would try to put themselves in the mix.’ (2013)
With so much buzz surrounding the eventual departure of Timberwolves star Kevin Love, it’s easy to get excited and connect the dots between a sign and trade. Certain rules in the 2011 CBA could stop that from happening unless the Timberwolves would not go over the cap by more than $4 million and the contract would have to be longer than three years, but no more than four. Furthermore, the Celtics or Timberwolves couldn’t get more than 125% plus $100,000 of the moving players contracts back and have an annual limit of money spent to $3 million. This basically means the money has to match up, but not so perfectly anymore and a team can pay the difference in actual money to the tune of $3 million annually.
The NBA CBA is confusing, but this limitation may not hinder a possible trade scenario with a few Boston players (including Turner) and picks (including Brooklyn’s) for Kevin Love. Of course, it all depends on the length and money on Turner’s new deal. It could also be that the Celtics are looking to move another player like Green, Young, Smart or Bradley in a separate deal. As it stands, they have too many that are playing the small forward position or fit the same role.
Turner doesn’t feel to me like a permanent piece of Boston’s future, but the contract details will tell a lot. One thing is for sure – the Boston Celtics just got another asset that would interest the Timberwolves who have been looking to move Love for an eternity.