Report: Celtics showing interest in Evan Turner

Report: Celtics showing interest in Evan Turner
July 14, 2014, 4:00 pm
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It was one of the busiest weekends in NBA offseason history. It certainly seemed that way anyways.

But the Celtics were quiet. Whether they wanted it that way or not, they didn't make any noise.

On Monday, however, a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman had the Celtics showing interest in former Sixers and Pacers forward Evan Turner.

Turner is a former No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has been a bit of a disappointment through four seasons, considering.

Last year, he averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 42.5-percent from the field and just 32.1-percent from beyond the arc.

Turner averaged 17.1 points per game with the Sixers last season before being traded to the Pacers, where he took on a bench role and didn't quite seem to fit in all that well.

He's still young and would come cheaper than Jeff Green, if Boston were to get rid of his salary somehow.

But these are the types and levels of free agents that the Celtics are targeting at this moment. There was never a shot at somebody like Carmelo Anthony, but if Stevens can find a young player with potential still in him, get him to play a little defense while improving his shot, there may be something there.

A side note is that the Wolves are interested in Turner as well. That isn't to say the C's could sign Turner and flip him straight up for Kevin Love, sorry. But hey - where there's interest, there's a little more hope.