E.T. phone . . . Boston.
According to multiple reports, the Celtics --using a portion of their mid-level exception. -- have signed Evan Turner.
Last year, Turner 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.
Speaking to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Turner's agent David Falk says both the C's and Turner should be happy about the deal.
“There’s tremendous upside in the opportunity for both sides,” Falk said. “I think the Celtics got an old-school Celtic-type player who’s very, very talented, has a very high basketball IQ and is highly motivated to prove to people that he’s not the player who ended the year in Indiana.
“I think he was probably the most undervalued free agent on the market. Evan was in a dramatically different situation the day before the deadline than he was when he finished the year. He didn’t get a lot of playing time in Indiana unfortunately.
“But that’s history. There’s nothing we can do to change that. This is a situation where he can come and grow as a player. I think Brad (Stevens) realizes he’s a multi-dimensional player.”
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. He's a versatile forward, standing at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds. A former No 2. overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, at the very least he's a young talent that gives the Celtics another option at the small forward spot should Jeff Green be moved.
Turner will undoubtedly enjoy his time in Boston more than he did in Indiana. It sounds like he's been promised plenty of playing time, which is something he had in Philadelphia before the trade.
“There are teams that offered him one-year deals," Falk said of Turner. "There are teams that offered him multi-year deals. But I think the deal here is secondary to the environment.
“Boston all along has been probably our No. 1 destination. I felt what Evan needed was to kind of replicate the relationship that he had with coach Brett Brown in Philadelphia. ... We were really looking mostly for an environment more than geography.”
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported last week that the Celtics as well as the Timberwolves were interested in Turner.