Celtics finishing deal for FA Evan Turner, sources tell Herald. He will get a portion of their mid-level exception.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 21, 2014
Well, I’ll be damned. A week ago when Jeff Goodman first reported the Celtics interest in Turner, I didn’t think there was room on the roster for another wing.
While we await specifics on Turner’s salary, we know the Celtics are currently about $2 million over the luxury tax threshold. They can easily slice $7 million by releasing the non-guaranteed deals belonging to Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. I was hoping Bogans’ $5 million would come in handy in a bigger deal.
Here’s some reaction from NBA writers:
Turner was bad last year, but his name still has some intrigue. Not much risk for rebuilding team to sign cheap + try to rehab trade value.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 21, 2014
Evan Turner is a terrific low-risk/high-reward signing by Boston. The irrational criticism he receives is unfounded:
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 21, 2014
One person who would be happy about Evan Turner on the Celtics is Jared Sullinger. The two are close friends.
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) July 21, 2014