Evan Turner lost a little of his free-agent luster toward the end of last season, but the former No. 2 overall draft pick still is drawing some interest.
Among those teams taking a hard look at the 25-year-old forward are the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman reported Monday, citing a source. Turner is the second Indiana Pacers free agent to reportedly receive interest from Boston, following the Celtics’ brief flirtation with Lance Stephenson.
Turner averaged 17.4 points per game with the Philadelphia 76ers last season before a midseason trade to Indiana. Counted upon to bolster the Pacers’ bench, Turner instead floundered, averaging only 7.1 points per game with a 9.7 player efficiency rating.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge does like to buy low, however, and Turner’s stock has tumbled at exactly the wrong time for him. Turner made roughly $6.7 million last season in the final year of his rookie deal, but the level of interest in him as a free agent has yet to become clear.
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