Evan Turner has had a great two years with the Boston Celtics but he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the New York Knicks are possible suitors of Turner when free agency starts on July 1.
Turner was a former second overall pick by the Sixers in 2010 but his career in Philadelphia never panned out. He was shipped to the Indiana Pacers in the middle of the 2013-14 season before signing a two-year deal with the Celtics.
The move to Boston is what Turner needed as he turned his career around despite not having a three-point shot. He is more known for being a mid-range jumper but he is an all-around player that can score, pass and defend.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Knicks are reportedly interested in signing Turner and the feeling is mutual for both parties. New York is coming off another disappointing season but with an improved Kristaps Porzingis and healthy Carmelo Anthony, things certainly are moving forward for the Knicks.
League rumblings: The Knicks are rumored to be interested in soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Evan Turner. The interest may be mutual.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 7, 2016
However, many will say that the Knicks are still a couple of years away from being playoff contenders. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Turner said that he wants to play for a winning team and not in a “losing situation.”
“I don’t want to ever be in a losing situation or anything like that. So I always wish they would pay a lot of money, but if you’re getting your butt kicked six months out of the year, that’s no fun at all. I definitely want to be on a contender, a playoff team, and be able to help heavily,” Turner said.
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The 27-year-old also boasted that his specialty, the mid-range jumper, is the future of the NBA. He added that all the great players in history like Michael Jordan made their money playing the mid-range game.
According to ESPN, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens wants Turner back in Boston next season. However, the team does not own his bird rights and the player will likely sign to the highest bidder.
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