Report: Knicks to pursue Evan Turner in free agency

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If recent history is any indication, one by one, the Knicks will strike out on the biggest free agents summer. Kevin Durant has reportedly already eliminated New York from contention.

That would leave Phil Jackson scouring the market for underrated players to take the Knicks’ money.

How about Celtics wing Evan Turner?

Chris Mannix of CSN New England:

The team that might be after him the hardest is the New York Knicks. I’ve been told that Phil Jackson is a big fan of Evan Turner.

I expect New York to make a run at Evan Turner.

Turner, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player, could be a nice fit in the triangle offense. He could even play the role of tall point guard Jackson seems to like.

But Turner found a role that will make him a sought-after free agent only once he began playing for Brad Stevens, one of the NBA’s best coaches. Would Turner remain productive under Kurt Rambis or whomever the Knicks hire?

New York might end up with a version of Turner whose deficiencies – high turnover rate, poor outside shooting and lack of foul-drawing – overwhelm his positives. Stevens has helped Turner develop. More so, Stevens has crafted a scheme around Turner that highlights his best attributes and hides his worst.

I don’t have much faith in the next Knicks coach doing the same.