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Reports: Boston Celtics finalizing deal for Evan Turner

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INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 25: Evan Turner #12 of the Indiana Pacers looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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.

https://twitter.com/SteveBHoop/statuses/491323198030364674

Jeff Zillgett of the USA Today confirms it.

https://twitter.com/JeffZillgitt/statuses/491329495417094144

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.