NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Clippers Possibly Signing Evan Turner From Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Clippers guard Evan Turner

NBA rumors have been swirling around Evan Turner. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star is one of the best backup point forwards in the entire National Basketball Association. Turner is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer. Several teams will be interested in signing a unique talent like him to their roster. According to FanSided, one of the teams that might come calling is the Los Angeles Clippers. Team president Doc Rivers will be looking to add some pieces to his roster so they can get to the next level and hopefully win an NBA Championship.

Before signing with Boston Celtics, Evan Turner’s value in the National Basketball Association was pretty low. He was the second overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft. Turner was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers. He spent three and a half seasons with them. Turner did an amazing job for the 76ers. He led them to the NBA Playoffs twice. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star was traded to the Indiana Pacers. That’s when everything went downhill for Turner.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers
The Boston Celtics took a chance on Evan Turner when they signed him to a two year deal. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge took a chance on him because of Turner’s potential. That gamble ended up being a positive one for the team. He has the ability to be a triple double threat on any given night.

Evan Turner’s main role with the Boston Celtics was to be the team’s sixth man. He has thrived in that role. Turner is the main playmaker off the bench. He has also improved on the defensive side of the ball. Head coach Brad Stevens has depended on Turner to provide a spark off the bench. He has played an average of 28 minutes per game for the past two seasons. His first year with the Celtics. He averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce
Evan Turner is one of the most versatile wing players in the entire National Basketball Association. He can play up to three different positions, including point guard, shooting guard and small forward. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star can facilitate, drive into the paint and hit the mid range jumper. Turner can play anywhere on the perimeter. He can probably play some minutes at the power forward position if the other team is playing small.

Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have been looking for someone to fill their need at the small forward position for a couple years now. Last summer, Rivers decided to take a chance and trade for Lance Stephenson. Things didn’t turn out the way he wanted to. Stephenson didn’t even last a full season with the team. He was traded in the middle of the year for Jeff Green. Green could possibly be the answer for the Clippers, but he is set to become a free agent this summer.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin
Last season, the Los Angeles Clippers were supposed to be one of the teams to compete with the Golden State Warriors. Things didn’t turn out that way for the team. They had to deal with a lot of injuries and a suspension. Blake Griffin missed a total of 47 games. Not only was injury a factor, but they had some chemistry issues likely due to the lack of time on the court together.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking for a solution at the small forward position. Evan Turner could potentially be that guy. Turner has shown that he is a team player, and a threat on both sides of the ball. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star is one of the best backup point forwards in the NBA. He will be making some serious money this summer when free agency hits.

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