While we all give Danny Ainge praise for making trades to acquire Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, and robbing the Nets of 3 years worth of first-round picks, we tend to forget about just how good of a GM Ainge is when it comes to dealing with the Free Agent market.
On September 29, 2014, the Celtics rolled the dice on a guy who hadn't quite lived up to his draft stock as the 2nd overall pick back in 2010 by Philadelphia.
That man is Evan Turner. ET signed a 2-year deal back in 2014 worth just over $6.5 million total. He's proven to, not only be worth the investment, but also that he CAN compete at a high level in this league. HIs contract expires at season's end and I see retaining Evan Turner as a top priority for these Boston Celtics. Him being around is at least in the best interest of theorganization. The numbers are a bit deceiving as he's only averaged 9.6 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG in his almost 2 seasons with the team because it seems that he's been dropping 19-8-6 every night he takes the court for the past month or two. But Evan Turner does more than what the stats tell you. He's a great team-player, he seems to love it here in Boston and the team is always in rhythm when #11 takes the court. That alone is enough to show me that he is worthy of staying.
That brings me to my question, however. Should Danny Ainge be willing to sign Evan Turner to a 3-4 year contract? And the answer is, without a doubt in my mind, yes.
You know what you're going to get with ET. He's never going to develop into an average 3-pt shooter, which is perfectly fine since he's able to come off of the bench and score almost at will from mid-to-close range. Not to mention the fact that Evan is always in when it matters most, at the end of close games. Jason Terry made a career as a sixth-man in Dallas, who's to say Evan Turner cannot do that in Celtic green?
It's bizarre to think about giving a backup a 3- or 4-year deal, but Turner is worth it. Isaiah Thomas needs the ball in his hands in order to make plays and score the basketball, but Evan Turner allows IT to be more balanced on offense, making him a threat with or without the ball.
Turner is a closer, to go along with the fact that he can go into the game at any time and seem to get the Celtics offense rolling again. He may look awkward dribbling the ball at times, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Whatever he's doing is working and Boston is the beneficiary.
Please Danny, do us all a favor and lock up Evan Turner!