By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 24, 2014
Evan Turner's NBA career has not been stellar so far, however the forward will now have another chance with the Boston Celtics and their young head coach Brad Stevens. I have my questions about whether Turner will be able to thrive on such a youthful squad after failing with the Indiana Pacers last season, but we will just have to see what happens. Here are my five reasons why the marriage will be a bad fit.
Turner did not fit in with either the Philadelphia 76ers or the Indiana Pacers, which does not give me confidence in his abilities going forward. His game needs to improve this offseason in order to prove all the haters wrong, and you can expect the small forward to come in with plenty of motivation at the start of the year. It just might not be enough.
Turner is a fighter. That is usually a good thing but not so much when you are quarreling with your own teammates. Turner and Lance Stephenson were both battling for contracts last season, and that led to some friction on the practice court. Yahoo Sports reported an incident involving the small forward being dragged off the court after a fistfight altercation with Stephenson. You'll notice neither of these players are on the Pacers anymore.
I'm not sure if Brad Stevens or Danny Ainge was the main force behind this deal, but it does confuse me a bit from a chemistry perspective. Marcus Smart should have a great year for the Boston Celtics, and the only concern that fans in the Northeast should have is whether Turner will poison some of the young talent on this squad.
The Boston Celtics seem to be in full rebuild mode, and I am not sure why. They have a quality young coach, a point guard with Rookie of the Year potential, lots of cap room in the future and an Eastern Conference that is begging for a dark horse to make a run next season. Adding Turner makes it feel like they are aiming for the lottery again.
Turner is a player who needs the ball a lot, but so does misunderstood point guard Rajon Rondo. How will their games blend? That remains to be seen, and it also has not been determined whether the Celtics will make any other trades between now and October. Turner's contract with Boston almost feels like subtraction by addition if that makes any sense.
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