Some team was going to give Evan Turner another shot, and some fan base was going to ask “why?”
Boston Celtics fans, you are on the clock. And it’s a fair question to ask.
Turner and the Celtics are nearing a deal, something first reported by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Jeff Zillgett of the USA Today confirms it.
Turner put up raw numbers in the up-tempo offense in Philly to start last season — someone had to take the shots and Turner did, putting up 17.4 a game, but not efficiently (.504 true shooting percentage). His stock plummeted after how he played in Indiana — when asked to blend into the Pacers team concept he could not. By the meaningful parts of the playoffs he was barely getting minutes for an Indy team struggling to find any offense it could. Not a good sign.
Now he will try to find minutes behind Avery Bradley and Jeff Green (and Marcus Thornton and Gerald Wallace and maybe James Young). Brad Stevens will get a chance to develop him, but Celtics fans are smart enough to know better than to expect much but a body on the roster here.
The Spurs beat the Mavericks by 26 points on Friday night, a game all of the Dallas players would love to forget. But there was a funny moment for rookie big man Salah Mejri: after a dunk, he appeared to yell something at the San Antonio bench. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan were completely nonplussed.
For what it’s worth, Mejri later tweeted that he wasn’t intending to be disrespectful.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.