Have you even been on a long road trip? You are maybe halfway to your destination, everything has been going pretty smoothly, you feel like you are making great time, and then all of a sudden, BOOM, flat tire?
That’s what just happened to the Boston Celtic’s offseason. The rebuilding process has been going along pretty well, the draft was successful, and then this week, the Celtics signed the human flat tire, Evan Turner.
Now, I may be exaggerating slightly, but honestly, signing Turner is not what I had in mind, when I had hoped for a little more aggression in free agency. Unless of course, the Celtics figured after the draft and summer league they might be a little better than they thought, but not good enough to make playoffs. The end of the lottery is the last place you want to be in the NBA. So maybe the Celtics’ plan is to bring Turner in, have him start some fights with some teammates like he did at Ohio State and Indiana, ruin the team chemistry, and get themselves back into the lottery. If that is the plan, the Celtics are executing it flawlessly.
Okay, so yes, I am overreacting. In reality the Turner signing isn’t bad. The Celtics were able to pick him up with the mid-level exception, so it’s not much of a risk. In fact, I suggested a move like this, when I brought up signing Andrew Bynum. Even though Turner does have a history of starting fights, he isn’t the head case that Bynum is.
Turner does have a knack for scoring and could prove to be a valuable asset for the Celtics’ bench. I’m assuming the plan is for the Celtics to rehabilitate Turner’s career, and turn him into a valuable trade asset. Or, if things go really well, trade Jeff Green instead. Green is a more tradable asset as is, and if Turner can give the Celtics 80% of what Jeff Green produces, the combination of what the Celtics could get in return for Green as well as Turner’s affordable contract, could make this a great signing.
Worst case, Turner continues to be the below average player that he has been throughout his career. Okay, the real worst case is that he punches Rondo in the face after losing to him in connect four, but that’s not realistic. Wait…between Turner’s short temper and Rondo’s abrasiveness, that’s completely realistic.
Most likely, Turner rarely plays, becomes irrelevant, and is waived. We can at least applaud the Celtics for taking a flyer on a previous, number two overall pick.