The Boston Celtics are entering an interesting time in their franchise. Despite losing in the 1st round to the Atlanta Hawks, the Celtics are poised to have one of the biggest offseason’s in franchise history. With 9 draft picks in this years NBA draft, and tons of cap room to sign some potential stars, the Celtics will need to take advantage of their opportunities this offseason.
That being said, the young core that the Celtics are right now, is a very talented bunch, a team of ‘role players’ that have fit in perfectly under the guidance of Head Coach Brad Stevens, with key players that they’d like to retain. One of those key players is hometown native Evan Turner. Turner averaged 10 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, shooting 45% from the field off the bench for the Celtics this year, making him one of the most threatening sixth man in the league. According to CSN New England, Turner (who is a free agent this offseason), is considering taking a pay-cut just to play for the Celtics:
When asked if he would be open to giving the Celtics a “hometown discount,” Turner said, “Of course. I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit interview and the team wanted me back. I don’t take that lightly, you know what I’m saying? At the end of the day, I’m grateful for that.”
Turner has spent the majority of his career bouncing around the league after getting drafted 2nd in the NBA draft in 2010, until he signed with the Celtics in in 2014. As one of the most versatile sixth man in the NBA, the Celtics would love to get his energy and his ability to score, coming off the bench. Boston also has other aspirations this offseason, signing some major players, or even trading away a couple picks to help bolster their roster. Either way, the amount of options the Celtics have is abundant all thanks to General Manager Danny Ainge.