Evan Turner to sign with Boston Celtics

By Alex Jordan,

Free-agent guard Evan Turner is close to finalizing a deal with the Boston Celtics, it was revealed on Monday.

Turner was the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. Last year he was traded to the Indiana Pacers, who decided not to extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer for Turner, effectively releasing him. Turner will get a portion of the Celtics mid-level exception, according to the Boston Herald, which first reported the news.

In 54 games this season for the 76ers, he averaged a career-high of 17.4 points per game. For the season Turner averaged 14 points, five rebounds and 3.2 assists. In his four years in the NBA Turner has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists, according to ESPN.

The Celtics now have a lot of depth at the guard and forward positions. They drafted Marcus Smart and James Young in June. Guard Avery Bradley has been given a four-year, $32 million extension.

After the deal with Turner is finalized, the Celtics will have 18 players on the roster that have a payroll commitment of almost $80 million. Three non-guaranteed deals could help lower the Celtic’s payroll commitments.



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