One of the most beloved teammates and players to come through Rip City has turned in his NBA uniform for a suit and tie.
On Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner has joined the Boston Celtics coaching staff as an assistant coach.
The 10-year veteran out of Ohio State University began his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers who selected him No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Turner was then traded to the Indianapolis Pacers where he appeared in 27 games before getting traded to the Boston Celtics. In two seasons with Boston, Turner averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
Then came his three seasons in Rip City.
Turner averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game off the bench for the Blazers, but equally as important, he was a leader on the court and was beloved in the locker room.
After a short, 19-game season with the Atlanta Hawks, and a brief stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the past free agency period, Turner is finalizing a deal to become a coach back with the Boston Celtics with a focus on player development.
One player that Turner will get to work with should be familiar to the PNW: Payton Pritchard.
The former Oregon Duck, 2020 Pac-12 Lute Olson and Bob Cousy Player of the Year was selected by the Celtics with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Congrats on the new gig, Coach E.T.!