Report: Celtics Reach Deal With Evan Turner

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Evan Turner. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Evan Turner. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics have completed a deal with free agent Evan Turner, according to multiple reports.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett was first to report the deal, and reports Turner will receive a portion of the Celtics’ mid-level exception.

Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged a career-high 17.4 points for the Philadelphia 76ers last season before being traded to the Indiana Pacers at the trade deadline. With Indiana, Turner averaged 7.1 points over 27 games, coming off the bench in all but two, but saw an average of just 12 minutes per game in 12 postseason contests. In the playoffs, Turner averaged just 3.3 points per game.

A very versatile player, Turner has averaged 11.1 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field over his four-year career. He’ll join a crowded backcourt in Boston, with guards Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Marcus Thornton and Phil Pressey already in the mix.

The 6-foot-7 Turner could see time at small forward in Boston.


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