Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's impossible to judge the Celtics' Evan Turner signing without knowing the length of his contract

I'd always been under the impression that Evan Turner was a pretty talented NBA player, in large part because he knocked off the Celtics with a clutch buzzer-beater in each of the past two seasons (oddly enough by identical 95-94 scores):



Neither Jeff Green nor Evan Turner is the go-to guy you want.
With the Sixers last year, Turner posted 17.4 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.  But here's the thing: Philadelphia was a terrible basketball team.  It's easy for guys who aren't very good to put up big numbers on bad ball clubs; the points have to come from somewhere.

After Turner was traded to the Pacers his averages dropped off to just 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.  So which guy is Boston getting?  Probably the second.

The Celtics are in line to have a ton of salary cap room next summer to go after big-time free agents.  I'll be a lot happier about this Turner signing if it doesn't mess that up.

For whatever reason, the details of Turner's contract still aren't known.  It's probably going to be around $3 or $4 million per season, but I'm a lot more concerned about the length.  If it's just for one year, or a two-year deal with a team option for the second, great.  But if it's guaranteed for more than one season, I think it's a very bad idea.  I'm a little shocked that this hasn't been mentioned more.

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