For Evan Turner free agency should not be stressing as he would readily re-sign with the Boston Celtics, but the 27-year old shooting guard from Chicago understands that everything is a business and certain “procedures” must be done before coming up with decisions.
For a fact, Turner wants to back under the guidance of Coach Brad Stevens though rumors are swelling that he is also weighing his options at the free agency market to gauge his value as well. But Turner stated that he will still consider the Celtics as his first choice before listening to other team’s offer sheet.
“Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]. He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it,” Tuner said.
Turner signed a two-year contract with the Celtics worth $6.7 million guaranteed with an annual average salary of $3,351,755. For 2016, Turner will earn a base salary and a cap hit of $3,425,510. He signed with the Celtics back in Sept. 2014 after the Indiana Pacers declined to his Qualifying Offer that led to him being an unrestricted free agent.
While playing for the Celtics, Turner started as a reserve player but when then Marucs Smart and Rajon Rondo were both sidelined with injuries, Turner turned up to be a gold nugget waiting to shine.
Turner would then scored a team-high 19 points in his debut in a starting role as they would beat the Chicago Bulls and would then lead his team as they duplicated their win in Jan. 3, 2015 wherein he scored a season-high 29 baskets. Prior to that, Turner would post his first double-double performance with 10 points and 11 assists in their match against the Sacramento Kings.
In an interview with the Boston Herald Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated that he even sent word that he would want Turner to back in the lineup, but quickly added that it will still boil down to the front office decision.
“Evan’s great. Evan has been nothing but a pro since he’s been here. He works. I don’t think we had two conversations about him starting or not starting. He accepted whatever his minutes were, and when they came he knew what his role was and what he had to do to be successful, and he just tried to help the team. I appreciated Evan for that,” Stevens explained.
Stevens also noted that Turner greatly improved even after the All-Star break wherein he shot 52 percent from the corner, giving out assists to teammates that in return would give them a better percentage scoring wise.
“His ability to post, his ability to handle the ball, he could get assists off the bench and make plays for teammates. He gave us an option there,” Stevens added.
Stevens’ remarks of Turner is also backed by his numbers playing and this season he has been averaging 10.5 points with 4.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds. Thus, a true asset for the Celtics, who knows his role in the team and would be a lost if they would not re-sign him.
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